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Celebrating' 100 Years 


SINCE 1905 



Sixiao I Iuo 

Flanked by Chairman of the Board of Trustees Frederick Fritz ’68, President Ronald D. Liebow- 
itz holds Gamaliel Painter’s legendary cane during his inauguration ceremony. 

Fall means 
flu season 

Health Center: no 
flu shots on campus 

By Andrea Gissing 

On Oct. 5, health officials announced 
that the United States would not get half of 
its expected doses of flu vaccine this year. The 
shortage was a result of a decision by British 
health authorities to suspend the license of 
vaccine maker Chiron Corporations Liver¬ 
pool factory. 

Whatever the reason for the shortage, 
as drops in temperature and changes in leaf 
color signal the approach of the flu season, 
people have begun worrying about how to 
protect themselves and their families against 
influenza this winter. 

“Normally, the recommendation is that 
more people should get vaccinated,” said 
Terry Stevens, associate director of Parton 
Health Center. In the past, the health center 
tried to vaccinate students in mid-October, 
insuring that the student would be immune to 
that particular strain of influenza during the 
peak of the flu season in January and Febru¬ 
ary. This year, however, the news release about 
the lower amounts of flu vaccines came out 
just before the move to vaccinate, spurring the 
health center to make other arrangements. 

One worry that the health center has is 
that the actual amount of doses that Middle- 
bury College will receive is unknown. “We’ll 
be lucky if we get 10 doses,” said Stevens, 

See sleep, page 4 

Remembering Chaplain Scott 

By Alyssa Thurston 


Theft on 
the rise 

By Alyssa Thurston 
News Editor 

A recent spate of thefts on cam¬ 
pus has caused concern among the 
Middlebury student body. 

In one incident, during the 
week before fall break, three back¬ 
packs and two purses were taken 
from the front entryway in Freeman 
International Center (FIC), where 
students usually leave their belong¬ 
ings before entering the dining hall. 
The contents of one bag were later 
recovered in Otter Creek. 

According to Melody Perkins, 
assistant director of administration 
in the department of Public Safety, 
“It seems like someone came into 
the area when no one was there. 
They took the bags not knowing 
what was in them.” Perkins believes 
that the perpetrators of this incident 
are not from the local community. 

Will Mallett ’07.5 was one vic¬ 
tim of the thefts that occurred at 
FIC — Mallett’s backpack, which 
contained a jacket and books and 
notes for classes, was stolen while 
he ate dinner downstairs in Freeman 
dining hall. Though he did not lose 
any valuables, he did lose “useful 
stuff” like lecture notes. 

During the same week as the 
FIC thefts, students also reported 
items stolen from other places on 
campus. On Oct. 10, sophomore 
Arielle Weisman’s purse — contain¬ 
ing valuables such as her cell phone, 
keys and access card — was stolen 
from outside Ross dining hall. “I 
left it in one of the cubbies outside 
like I always do. When I came back 
after dinner about an hour later, it 
was gone.” 

Students have traditionally left 
their backpacks or other belongings 
outside of the dining halls when 
having meals, since dining hall 
policy dictates that no bags may be | 
brought inside where students are | 
eating. Perkins notes that this policy 
is probably in place to deter theft of 
food from the dining halls, since stu¬ 
dents could possibly hide extra food j 
in their large bags before leaving. 
However, Perkins noted, there are 
currently no staff members sitting 
outside the dining halls monitoring 
who comes and goes, which means 
that students could potentially leave 
with large amounts of food without 
anyone noticing. 

Under these circumstances, 
Perkins suggested, “It is probably 
best to let students take their bags 
with them into the dining halls. The 
dining halls are open, so you can 
come and go freely. People with bad 
intentions are able to enter, peruse 
property and take [that property] 
with them.” 

Other alternatives to solving 
the problem of potential dining hall 
theft, Perkins suggested, include al¬ 
lowing students to bring their bags 
inside with them and store them 
under their seats, to avoid causing 
crowding. Another suggestion is to 
install small cubbies with locks out¬ 
side the dining hall entrance, which 
would allow students to safely lock 

See campus, page 5 

Chaplain Emeritus and Profes¬ 
sor Emeritus of Religion Charles P. 
Scott passed away on Sunday, Oct. 
10 after battling a months-long 
illness. President Ronald D. Li- 
ebowitz informed the Middlebury 
College community of his passing 
in a campus-wide e-mail. Scott 
is survived by his wife Tana Ster- 
rett Scott ’65, sons Wayne ’71 and 
Charlie Jr. ’77, three daughters and 

four grandchildren. 

Scott was a member of the 
Middlebury community for over 
fifty years, having joined the Mid¬ 
dlebury faculty in 1951 as an in¬ 
structor in religion. He had previ¬ 
ously majored in bacteriology and 
chemistry at Ohio State University. 
Later, he received a Bachelor of Di¬ 
vinity Degree at Princeton Theo¬ 
logical Seminary, and was ordained 
in the Episcopal Church in 1954. 

After joining the Middlebury 
faculty, Scott founded the depart¬ 

ment of Religion at Middlebury 
— having realized, as President 
Liebowitz recounted, that “the 
study of religion would become as 
important for many students as the 

Other notable contributions 
to Middlebury College included 
being the first Middlebury chap¬ 
lain to permit co-ed seating during 
Sunday service in the 1950’s, as 
well as aiding students in forming 
religious groups on campus. For 
instance, he had encouraged the 

founding of the Middlebury Col¬ 
lege Hillel chapter in 1954, and had 
also helped students to organize the 
Christian organization. 

During his tenure at the Col¬ 
lege, Scott received numerous 
academic honors, including The 
Kellogg Lectureship at Episcopal 
Theological School, and he also 
served as president of the National 
Association of College and Univer¬ 
sity Chaplains in the late 1960’s. 

See college, page 4 

Middlebury mourns 
loss of beloved hero 

By Andrea M. LaRocca 
Associate Editor 

Christopher Reeve, best known to most as Superman and 
to Middlebury students as last year’s commencement speaker, 
passed away on Sunday, Oct. 10 of heart failure. He was 52 
years old. Reeve is survived by his wife, Dana Morosini Reeve 
’84 and his son Will; his daughter Alexanda and his son Mat¬ 
thew, from his first marriage to Gae Exto; his parents Barbara 
Johnson and Franklin Reeve and his brother, Benjamin Reeve. 

Reeve was famous for his portrayal of the red-caped 
crime-fighter who had the ability to leap tall buildings in a 
single bound. He starred in the four original Superman mov¬ 
ies and has been known as Hollywood’s favorite superhero 
ever since. According to his official Web site, Reeve acted in a 
total of 29 movies and about 150 plays during his career. 

On May 27, 1995, Reeve was thrown from a horse in an 
equestrian accident that left him paralyzed from the waist 
down. At first, doctors feared that he would not live, and pre¬ 
dicted that he would not recover feeling or movement below 

See REEVE, page 5 


Chaplain Charles P. Scott (left) and actor Christopher Reeve both passed away recently. 




Middlebury hosts 
Hamilton’s naked people 

In a press release received before Fall Break, the Hamil¬ 
ton College Varsity Streaking Team informed The Campus y 
along with student newspapers at 12 other private col¬ 
leges across New England, that “Hamilton Streaked Your 

The “team” began its tour at Union College on Oct. 1. 
The 16 members, all Hamilton undergraduates except for 
one, traveled from college to college in an RV. Their final 
stop was at Amherst College on Oct. 5.“Overall, the tour 
was a massive success,” said team member Adam Bedient. 
“We streaked the s--t out of New England.” 

Middlebury had the dubious honor of involuntarily 
hosting the team on Oct. 2, during an afternoon rugby 
game. An exclusive photo of the event appeared in The 
Campus on Oct. 7. 

The team encountered several unfortunate incidents, 
including being apprehended by police at Wellesley Col¬ 
lege. They were escorted off the Connecticut College cam¬ 
pus by the college’s campus safety officers. 

“A dark cloud hovered over the RV,” recalled Bedient, 
who was one of the three kicked off the campus. “We kept 
asking ourselves, ‘Can we finish the tour?’ After five min¬ 
utes of consideration, the answer was ‘yes, we can.’” 

According to an official statement released by the 
team, “We mean no disrespect; we wish only to illuminate, 
to dazzle, to amuse and astonish. And, of course, streaking 
is wicked fun.” 

Alumni educated about 
election online 

Though they are no longer students here, Middle¬ 
bury College alumni still have the chance to take a class at 

Political Science Professor Eric Davis is offering a se¬ 
ries of Alumni College online Webcasts — which are free 
of charge to Middlebury alumni and their family mem¬ 
bers — about the upcoming Presidential Election. The 
first Webcast took place on Oct. 13, the night of the third 
presidential debate, and will repeat on Oct. 20, Oct. 27 and 
Wednesday, Nov. 3, the day after the election. Each webcast 
will run from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

During each session, Davis, a specialist on elections 
both domestic and international, will present an analysis of 
the 2004 presidential election and provide contexts for the 
events of the current year’s presidential campaigns. Follow¬ 
ing his presentation, alumni and others signed up for the 
course will be able to interact with Davis by posting ques¬ 
tions and comments to a Weblog. 

Students take action 
against dirty energy 

With two weeks left until Election Day, Middlebury 
College students rallied together to stand against dirty 

On Tuesday, Oct. 19, students gathered to listen to 
speeches by climate change expert Bill McKibben and 
Vice President and Treasurer of the College Bob Huth 
who played an integral role in developing the college’s 
Carbon Reduction Initiative. 

The demonstration was one of more than 250 events 
taking place on Tuesday in a North American Day of Ac¬ 

The purpose of the rallying together of students was 
to call for increased support for clean energy sources, such 
as wind and solar, that would protect the environment 
and public health. A move towards greater clean energy 
use would, at the same time, create millions of new jobs 
and end the U.S.’s dependence on foreign oil. 

The goal of the event was to make students aware of 
the pressing need for energy policies designed to reverse 
climate change. 

Said Scott Bulua ’07, who organized the event at 
Middlebury, “College students must know that reversing 
climate change is an achievable goal, and a responsibility 
of our generation.” 


Midd Alums Teach for America 


Jacob Mnoookin ’01.5, left, is a current Teach for America volunteer. 

By Ben Salkowe 
Assistant News Editor 

“I had not expected to be teaching 
high school,” Jacob Mnookin ’01.5 told 
a crowd of students at a Middlebury 
campus Teach for America informa¬ 
tion session last week. “So when I got 
a phone call on a Wednesday evening 
telling me I would be teaching ninth 
and 10th grade English beginning 
Monday, I was surprised to say the 
least. And then anxiety sunk in.” 

Mnookin, who majored in English, 
is one of thousands of students who 
have devoted themselves to challenging 
the inequities of America’s education 

“The more I learned about educa¬ 
tional inequity in America, the more I 
realized that it was an incredible injus¬ 
tice,” Mnookin told The Middlebury 
Campus. “I didn’t want to be someone 
that merely knew a lot about one of 
our societal problems. I wanted to be 
on the front lines working every day to 
affect change.” 

Mnookin is part of Teach for 
America (TFA), an AmeriCorps pro¬ 
gram that recruits “outstanding” col¬ 
lege graduates to teach in under-per¬ 
forming rural and inner-city schools. 
The participants, officially called corps 
members, commit two years to teach¬ 
ing elementary and secondary students 
before pursuing graduate studies or 
other post-undergraduate plans. 

In return, corps members receive 
the full salary and benefits of begin¬ 
ning teachers, and earn nearly $10,000 
in grants for use toward future educa¬ 
tional expenses or outstanding student 

Because corps members are not 
required to have previous teaching ex¬ 
perience, they spend the summer prior 
to their placement in one of three sum¬ 
mer teaching institutes in New York 
City, Houston or Los Angeles, where 
they are trained in teacher education 
and teach summer school classes. 

According to Mnookin, “Corps 
members are in classrooms teaching 
actual summer school classes one week 
into their training.” 

After attending the summer insti¬ 
tute, the new teachers are placed in one 
of their preferred choices of 21 sites 
— from New York City to South Da¬ 
kota, and Las Vegas to the Mississippi 
Delta — where they will teach in their 
area of major study. 

While not such a bad sounding 
offer thus far, the mission is far from 
“easy,” and TFA is hardly shy of that 
fact. At a Middlebury College campus 
recruiting event last week, the cam¬ 
paign introduced students to their 
mission by showing a promotional film 
that opened with movies of frustrated 
students acting out, kids coming to 
school angry or in tears from problems 
at home and student teachers strug¬ 
gling just to get the attention of their 

Mnookin then stood up and told 
how, early in his first year, he watched 
helplessly as his class was run by un¬ 
ruly students — one of whose mother 
cursed him out when he confronted 
her about her child. 

“They were loud, rude and they 
intimidated me to the point where 
I preferred to just ignore them and 
let them be rather than instigate a 
confrontation,” said Mnookin of sev¬ 
eral particularly difficult students. “I 
quickly came to realize, however, that 
I was failing them, that I was passively 
and indirectly telling them that it was 
okay for them to behave any way that 
they wanted, that it was okay for them 
to fail sophomore English, just as long 
as they didn’t do anything to me.” 

Despite the magnitude of the chal¬ 
lenge, corps members are undeterred. 

For Alicia Hernandez ’05, who plans to 
apply this year, the difficulty of the task 
only drives her interest. 

“It does inspire me to do more be¬ 
cause it’s obvious that children in public 
schools need help,” she commented. 
“They need teachers that are [teaching] 
because they love to teach, and because 
they want to influence these kids’ lives.” 

And the interest is tremendous. Last 
year, 13,500 college graduates applied to 
the program, and only 1,750 were admit¬ 
ted. Admission into Teach for America, at 
roughly 14 percent or one in seven, is as 
selective as any Ivy League college. The 
applicant pool last year alone included 
six percent of the graduating classes of 
Harvard and Princeton. 

“The best thing about TFA is the 
strength of the students it recruits — top 
students from top colleges and universi¬ 
ties,” said Middlebury Director of Teacher 
Education and Professor of Physics Bob 
Prigo, who was formerly the faculty repre¬ 
sentative for TFA at Middlebury. 

Yet while TFA is largely embraced and 
supported by the educational community, 
the program is also criticized for placing 
inexperienced teachers in positions at the 
most difficult schools. “The bad news is 
that these new teachers will be entering 
classrooms where the management of stu¬ 
dent behavior may dominate their work 
— that can become very discouraging,” 
said Prigo. 

Prigo encourages students interested 
in TFA to consider some participation in 
the Middlebury teacher education pro¬ 
gram. “My advice to those sophomores 
and juniors, and even seniors — there is 
still plenty of time to complete the teacher 
education minor.” He continued, “[a] stu¬ 
dent could then elect to either join TFA or 
come back for a ninth semester of student 
teaching here and obtain their teaching 
license through us.” 

Mnookin’s visit to campus last week 
was part of an ongoing effort by the 
Middlebury Campus TFA Recruitment 
Team, led by Zach Center ’05 and Dena 
Simmons ’05, to attract more Middlebury 
students to the program. Both Center and 
Simmons, like many involved with TFA, 
consider the mission personal. 

“As a Bronx native, I know that more 
can be done for inner-city schools, and 
rural schools for that matter,” says Sim¬ 
mons, who is pursuing a minor in Teacher 
Education. “I would like to go back to do 
something about it — first, as a teacher, 
then working my way up to run the whole 
NYC school system,” she said. 

Center became interested in TFA after 
taking a course on the sociology of educa¬ 
tion. “The books we read and the discus¬ 
sions that ensued forced me to look at the 
brutal realities of educational' inequity 

that exist in our country, and it also forced 
me to reflect on the role my own privilege 
played in allowing me to get the education 
I did,” Center said. 

Sixty-one Middlebury graduates 
have served as corps members since the 
program’s founding in 1990. Currently, 
12 Middlebury graduates are serving their 
first or second year with the program in 
New York, Newark, Phoenix and New 

While immediately addressing the 
current failures of the American educa¬ 
tional system, TFA seeks a goal beyond 
temporarily addressing teacher shortages 
and inadequacies. More broadly, their 
goal is to inspire its corps members to go 
on to whatever career they choose, with a 
burning lifelong passion to fight educa¬ 
tional inequities. 

“We cannot expect even the most 
dedicated teachers to hold together a 
broken system indefinitely,” stressed one 
of the program’s mission statements. “We 
arm our future leaders with the credibility, 
insight, outrage and sense of possibility 
that comes from having taught successful¬ 
ly in a low-income community — so that 
they can go on to tackle the root causes of 
the inequities they witnessed first-hand in 
the classroom.” 

Middlebury graduates who have 
served as former corps members have 
gone on to participate in an array of activ¬ 
ities advocating the elimination of educa¬ 
tional inequalities. One ’95 alum founded 
and now works at a charter school with 
fellow corps members and others have 
continued on to graduate studies includ¬ 
ing public policy degrees. Still others con¬ 
tinue to teach in their original placements 
— one ’90 alum still teaches in the same 
school district she started with as a first- 
year corps member, 14 years ago. 

Hernandez explained the program’s 
appeal, saying that, “It’s a challenge, but 
every job is, and it makes it that much 
more gratifying when you see good re¬ 
sults,” she said. 

Mnookin concluded his speech to the 
students with an anecdote from his first 
year on the job. “At the end of that first 
year of teaching, I was greeted by a strange 
looking thank-you note in my mailbox at 
school,” he said. The note was from the 
same mother he had approached earlier 
in the year — it thanked him for “saving 
[her] son’s life.” 

“I have no delusions about what I 
did for Joe,” said Mnookin. “But I do 
think that I affected his life, even if only 
in a small way. In that sense, as I enter 
my third year of teaching, I know that I 
will have affected the lives of some 375 
students. That is what Teach For America 
means to me, and I cannot think of any¬ 
thing I would rather be doing.” 


Get home to turkey day gas-free 
with SGA-proposed bus service 

By Laura K. Budzyna 
Staff Writer 

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For anyone still trying to bum 
a ride for Thanksgiving break, the 
answer has arrived. The Student Gov¬ 
ernment Association (SGA) has been 
negotiating a bill to offer roundtrip 
bus service from the Middlebury 
campus to New York City and Boston 
for Thanksgiving break. This bill, 
piloted by Clare O’Reilly ’05, director 
of environmental affairs, will provide 
what SGA President Andrew Jacobi 
’05 called “an inexpensive, convenient 
and environmentally-friendly way to 

If all goes well in the coming weeks, two Premier buses will be lined up to transport up to 47 
students each after classes on Tuesday, Nov. 23. The first bus will stop at Albany Airport and Penn 
Station in Manhattan, while the second will drop students off at Logan International Airport, the 
Logan T-stop and the South Station T-stop in Boston. The buses will return to Middlebury on 
Sunday, Nov. 28. Exact times are still undecided. 

While this service would be highly useful to students who do not have cars, the bill is an en¬ 
vironmental move as well. Reducing a large number of cars heading home or to airports in these 
metropolitan areas, the SGA aims to advance the Carbon Reduction Initiative. 

Currently, the price students will pay for the bus tickets has not been determined. While the 
Student Activities Fund will- most likely chip in to 
defray the cost of busing, the SGA is still seeking, 
funding from the SGA Finance Committee and the 
different Commons to make tickets as inexpensive 
as possible for students. According to Jacobi, “If we 
are successful in our fundraising efforts, the price 
per student for a roundtrip ticket will be less than 
^ half the price of a roundtrip Greyhound ticket.” 

He also points out that “the price of each 
ticket would cost less than the gas that [each stu¬ 
dent] would use just to get home, not to mention 
whatever they spend on gas over break.” O’Reilly 
says that tickets will go on sale in the next three 
weeks once the contract is finalized. 

If the experiment is a success this Thanks¬ 
giving, the SGA will most likely continue the 
bus service for future holiday breaks. Before the 
plan becomes definite, “We still need to firm up 
the funding and decide on a fair ticket price,” ex¬ 
plained Jacobi. Still, the SGA is optimistic about 
the program’s future. Members of the Center for 
Campus Activities and Leadership, in addition to 
other college administrators, have encouraged this 
program. “Provided we get the funding we are 
looking for, the service is almost definitely a go,” 

Jacobi said. 

Photo Illustration 

Revised alcohol policy approved 

_By Eri Nosaka_ 

Staff Writer 

Over the past two weeks, alcohol policy 
has dominated the Community Council 
agenda. Last week, the Council continued 
discussion about changes to the College 
handbook language regarding the alcohol 
policy, and this week, the Council debated 
the possibility of transforming the Grille 
into a bar on selected nights. These discus¬ 
sions have stemmed from a perceived need to 
bring social life back onto campus. 

After continuing the review of revised 
handbook language suggested by Dean of 
College and Professor of American Litera¬ 
ture Tim Spears, Associate Dean of Student 
Affairs Marichal Gentry, Director of Public 
Safety Lisa Boudah, Director of the Center 
of Campus Activities and Leadership Doug 
Adams and Dean of the Students and Com¬ 
munity Council Co-Chair Ann Hanson, the 
Council solidified the new language and 
ruled to take the steps necessary to approve 
and apply the new rules in the handbook by 
the tentative date of Nov. 15. 

The first significant change made to 
handbook language and alcohol policy con¬ 
cerned the open container rule. According 
to Vermont state law, open containers of 
alcohol are not allowed in public spaces, 
which means a student cannot walk across 
campus with an open beer can. The Middle¬ 
bury College alcohol policy stated that if a 
student were found in violation of the open 
container rule, the student would receive a 
citation. , . , , 

The need for change came from the 
College’s desire to better comply with the 
state law and the Council’s feeling that party 
hosts should be better protected, since party 
hosts are faced with fines from public safety 
as an increasing number of students leave 
parties with drinks. The Council decided 
that all students, regardless of their age, 
will receive a warning the first time they are 
caught in violation of the open container 

“The Grille could pro¬ 
vide an alluring alter¬ 
native to the off-cam¬ 
pus, upper-classmen 
parties and high pub- 
traffic at local bars.” 

— Jimmy Hickey ’05, 
Council Member 

rule and then, for each subsequent violation, 
will receive a fine of $50. Underage students 
will also receive a citation, according to the 
new handbook language. 

The second major change made to the 
alcohol policy was the addition of “senior 
cpmmops rooms.” These common rooms 

will be designated by the deans of each 
commons and will be a place where of-age 
students may consume alcohol alone or with 
a group of friends. 

Another agenda item that was discussed 
on Monday, but was not decided on, was the 
social role of The Grille. Council member 
Jimmy Hickey ’05 proposed the possibility 
of transforming The Grille into a bar on cer¬ 
tain nights, in a manner similar to the pub 
nights that the Middlebury College Activities 
Board (MCAB) has hosted a few times this 
year. Hickey said that he strongly believes 
in the need to move the social scene from 
off-campus back on campus, and thinks that 
The Grille can play a fundamental role in this 

“It has been an increasingly-noted 
phenomenon, raising growing concerns 
amongst the townspeople and many mem¬ 
bers of the College, that social life activities 
have moved off-campus. In the interest of 
resolving these concerns, I believe that The 
Grille could provide an alluring alternative 
to the off-campus, upper-classmen parties 
and high pub-traffic at local bars were it to 
transform its current role as an on-campus 
social destination,” Hickey said. 

The Council discussed the proposal and 
decided that it will research on-campus bars 
at other colleges and will look into the addi¬ 
tion of hard liquor service in The Grille in 
order to create a setting that would be similar 
to that of a bar. Next week the council will 
discuss the philosophical and legal questions 
concerning proposed changes in The Grille. 

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OXFORD — Upon my recent arrival 
to Oxford, amidst the “dreaming spires” and 
candle-lit cobblestone alleyways, I was 
surprised to come across an aspect of this 
ancient university’s tradition that was not 
foreign to my Middlebury experience. No, 
it was not donning my Sub-Fuse academic 
gown with a white tie and mortarboard to 
Matriculation, nor was it the four-course 
meal served a la carte by Kevin the butler in 
the stained-glass gothic dining hall, adorned 
with oil paintings dating back to a time be¬ 
fore Christopher Columbus was even born. 
What I have discovered here is the very ori¬ 
gins of Middlebury’s Commons system, but 
on a much grander scale. 

The University itself is comprised of 39 
different colleges with a much different aes¬ 
thetic sensibility than the rustic Middlebury 
landscape — there are regal stone facades 
and gargoyles sprawling with ivy, squared 
by grass quadrangles cut as close as a golf 
green and tucked away behind enormous 
doors and rusty gates down side streets of the 
city. The undergraduates here can practically 
self-subsist without ever leaving their college 
gate — most live within their colleges, have 
their tutorial meetings with professors there 
and eat in their lavish dining halls. Unlike at 
Middlebury, however, both graduate and un¬ 
dergraduate students at Oxford apply to read 
a particular program of study not to the Uni¬ 
versity, but to one of the colleges. This would 
be the equivalent of prospective Middlebury 
students seeking admission directly to an 
individual Commons, with their major and 
classes already selected. 

And, as may gradually become the con¬ 
dition of the Commons system, each college 
at Oxford has a distinct identity — some are 
much larger and more diverse than others, 
and one does not accept students at all, but is 
solely comprised of snooty, erudite professors 
in tweed jackets who sit around enormous 
bookshelves all day and wallow in the exclu¬ 
sivity of their academia. 

It is even rumored that students at Christ 
Church College are allowed to bring one of 
their cows with them to graze in the College’s 
meadow along the canal. Now that’s not a bad 
idea at all. What else could Battell Beach pos¬ 
sibly be used for anyway? 

So before we credit Middlebury’s refur¬ 
bished residential system to Yale founders or 
decry the desegregation of an already small 
college community, I think we can take a bit 
of reassurance in looking back even further to 
its inception here in 1249, and see that college 
life is flourishing just fine. 

So what, you may ask, has been the most 
difficult adjustment coming from Middle¬ 
bury? You can’t walk on the grass — they’ll 
fine you. One hundred pounds sterling per 





MOQA says, come out and play this week 

Gay-friendly club inundates campus with “Come Out Speak Out” week 

Julia Randall 

Part of the Coming Out Closet, a staple of Come Out Speak Out Week at Middlebury, sits in front of Ross. 

By Kristin Fraser 

Staff Writer 

This week, the Middlebury 
Open Queer Alliance (moqa), 
along with the Office of Institu¬ 
tional Diversity, will sponsor a se¬ 
ries of events for the annual Come 
Out Speak Out Week. The name 
has changed from previous years' 
Coming Out Week in order to be 
more inclusive. 

Coming Out Week originated 
from the nationally recognized 
Coming Out Day, commemorat¬ 
ing the second gay rights march of 
Oct. 11, 1987. The ultimate goal of 
the events is to educate and stimu¬ 
late a more open conversation 
about gay and lesbian issues. 

“I think a lot of gay people on 
campus feel that Middlebury is ac¬ 
cepting, but not open,” said Moqa 
member Tamara Vatnick '07. 
“There just isn’t that much discus¬ 
sion. People don’t ask questions 
because they feel uncomfortable, 

“I think a lot of 
gay people on 
campus feel that 
Middlebury is ac¬ 
cepting, but not 

— Tamara 
Vatnick ’07 

or like they’re going to be politi¬ 
cally incorrect.” 

Come Out Speak Out Week is 
one of Moqa’s ways to remedy this 
problem. The week’s events include 
several panel discussions address¬ 
ing sexual orientation and gender 
issues. Pink triangle cookies were 
served in Proctor on Tuesday and 
Wednesday as a symbol of gay his¬ 
tory. The week will conclude with 
a party in the Gamut Room on 
Friday. “We have a huge number 
of events planned this year,” said 
Katie Harrold ’06.5, moqa leader. 
“I think it will really help to raise 
awareness of queer issues.” 

As in past years, moqa has also 
erected a “closet” on McCullough 
lawn. Last year was the first year the 
closet survived the week without 
being vandalized. The new closet 
will be intentionally disassembled 
— a wall will be removed each day 
and placed with a plaque at differ¬ 
ent locations around campus until 
all that remains is the frame. 

“By taking down the walls, we 
are showing that we don’t want to 
be closed about these issues any¬ 
more,” said Vatnick. 

Coming Out Week last year 
generated some discussion about 
the relationship of moqa with the 
rest of the school. One student told 
The Middlebury Campus last year, 
“I feel as though most of the events 
are more focused on the ‘in-group’ 
of Moqa members, rather than 
building bridges with the rest of 
the school.” 

Responding to this comment, 
then-moqa co-presidents Gab 

Fonseca ’04 and Jena Siegel ’04 
wrote in an opinions submission 
that Coming Out Week events are 
“designed to target members and 
non-members alike [and] invite 
the community to participate in 
dialogue and celebrate freedom 
of open sexual expression.” The 
current, leaders of moqa agree, and 
a major goal of Come Out Speak 
Out Week is to reach out to those 
who are not currently involved 
with moqa. 

“We are really making an effort 

to include more of the campus, but 
we have to avoid making it a wa¬ 
tered-down version,” said Harrold. 
“The purpose of these events is to 
discuss [GLBTQ] issues. We just 
want to reach a broader audience.” 

To achieve this goal, the events 
will be more interactive than in 
previous years — the format of 
most of the events is a panel, where 
participants will share personal 
experience and encourage discus¬ 
sion, rather than a lecture format. 

Although many moqa mem¬ 

bers say that Middlebury has a 
ways to go until it can be consid¬ 
ered a completely open and ac¬ 
cepting campus, most agree that it 
has been making progress. 

“I know this campus has come 
a long way in the past few years,” 
said Vatnick. “(Some older moqa 
members] have said there’s been 
a huge change since they got to 

Those involved with this year’s 
Come Out Speak Out Week hope 
to continue that trend. 

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noting that the health center had 
originally ordered 500 doses for this 
year. In accordance with guidelines 
set forth by the Center for Disease 
Control (CDC), the doses that 
Middlebury College will receive 
will be made available only to those 
who are at greatest risk from serious 
complications from the flu. This 
applies to those who have chronic 
pulmonary disorders, meaning stu¬ 
dents who are asthmatics who are 
on steroidal medication. 

Essentially, the vaccine is un¬ 
available in the state of Vermont. 
Students should not think that 
because they cannot get the vaccine 
on campus that they could run to 
Porter Hospital or Fletcher Allen 
Hospital to get immunized. 

Stevens encourages students 
who feel sick to come to the health 

center to get checked out. “If you get 
the flu, it’s treatable,” said Stevens. 
However, “it’s a public health issue 
and the notion that you stay out of 
public places [if sick] is valid.” Flu 
symptoms include: muscle aches, fe¬ 
ver and chills, headache, a dry cough 
and weakness. Those who have the 
flu usually “feel lousy for up to two 
weeks,” according to Stevens. 

Treatment for the flu includes: 
drinking lots of fluids, staying in 
bed, symptomatic treatments such 
as taking Tylenol or Advil for fe¬ 
ver and body aches, gargling salt 
water for sore throats and using 
cough suppressants — and, most 
importantly, staying home if sick. 
Despite students’ hesitation to miss 
classes, Stevens asserted that that is 
one of the most important things 
students could do. “The sick need to 
stay home,” she said. This helps the 
student get better as well as prevents 

the spread of the illness. 

“We’ll see more cases of the flu 
this year because of the shortage,” 
said Stevens. “The flu vaccine is the 
best way to prevent contracting this 
illness. Now we have to revert back 
to the old arsenal of tricks.” These 
old tricks include avoiding people 
who are sick, washing hands thor¬ 
oughly — “This means using soap 
and hot water, and singing happy 
birthday twice [while washing],” 
said Stevens — and especially keep¬ 
ing your immune system healthy 
by getting lots of sleep and eating 

According to the CDC, the 
main way that illnesses like colds 
and flue are spread is from person 
to person in respiratory droplets of 
coughs and sneezes. Stevens recom¬ 
mends that people keep their hands 
clean and away from the mouth, 
nose and eyes. Viruses can survive 

College mourns loss 

Continued from page i 

Other contributions during his 
lengthy career included serving 
as guest preacher at numerous 
other schools, and serving as acting 
preacher in the local Episcopalian 
community. After stepping down 
from the chaplaincy at Middlebury 
in 1986, he was interim rector of 
Grace Church in Manhattan for 
one year. 

Scott’s passing was mourned 
by members of the Middlebury 
College community both past and 
present. In his message, Liebowitz 

said, “Chaplain Scott counseled 
and advised generations of Mid¬ 
dlebury students. He was revered 
as a friend and trusted counselor. 
The Middlebury community has 
lost an icon. Chaplain Scott’s influ¬ 
ence will continue to be present 
at Middlebury for generations, as 
the foundation he established for 
spiritual expression at Middlebury 
continues to flourish.” 

On a Web site allowing College 
community members to post their 
personal remembrances of Chap¬ 
lain Scott, Rabbi Gerald B. Zeler- 
myer ’61 wrote, “His lectures in 

on surfaces for up to two hours. “In 
a two hour period a lot of people can 
use the same machine in the fitness 
center or use the same bathroom, in¬ 
creasing the potential for the spread 
of the illness,” said Stevens. The 
health center will distribute hand 
sanitizers in the fitness center as a 


Stevens urges students to be 
prepared, and most importantly, to 
get enough rest. “If you’re tired, your 
immune system is busted,” she said. 

For more information about the 
flu, visit the health center or go to the 
CDC’s Web site, 

the classroom were profound. His 
integrity of belief personally and 
for the convictions of the entire 
college community was total. Here 
was one man who knew and found 
his place. It was Middlebury.” 

Two memorial services for 
Chaplain Scott were held in Mead 
Chapel and at St. Stephen’s Church 
in Middlebury, on Oct. 13 and Oct. 
14 respectively. Furthermore, the 
College’s religious life facility in 
Hathway House has been renamed 
The Charles R Scott Spiritual and 
Religious Life Center in Scott’s 


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Campus theft 

Continued from- page i 

their belongings inside and eat their 
meals worry-free. 

Being a victim of a theft has 
changed Weisman’s perceptions of 
the relative safety of Middlebury 
College’s environment. “I was devas¬ 
tated, not only because I was missing 
a few of my most valuable and im¬ 
portant belongings, but also because 
in the moment that I discovered my 
purse had been taken, my Middle¬ 

bury‘bubble’ of safety was burst/* 

Students have not been left apa¬ 
thetic by the aftermath of the recent 
crimes. As a result of the theft of his 
backpack, Mallett commented “I’ve 
started to be more conscious about 
where I leave my things and what I 
leave lying around.” 

As for Weisman, “This experi¬ 
ence has been a wake-up call for me. 
I no longer leave my door unlocked 
and I don’t leave my belongings ly¬ 
ing around unattended as before.” 

An Inaugural sight 

Reeve mourned 

Continued from page l 

his neck. But in the years since 
his accident, Reeve worked 
tirelessly at rehabilitation and 
recovered some of his feeing 
and movement. His struggle 
has been a story of motivation 
to millions who suffer from pa¬ 
ralysis. Reeve was also a storng 
advocate for medical research, 
especially stem-cell research. 

On Sunday, May 23, 2004, 
Reeve and his wife, Dana, co¬ 
delivered the Middlebury Col¬ 
lege Class of 2004 commence¬ 
ment address. 

The Reeves jointly spoke 
to 5,000 people on the green 
behind Voter Hall and received 
honorary degrees from the 

This Middlebury degree 
is the second for Dana, who 
gradated from Middlebury as 
an English major in 1984. 

“I’ve learned by being lit¬ 
erally paralyzed that, to a large 

extent, paralysis is a choice,” 
Reeve said at graduation “We 
can either watch from the side¬ 
lines or actively participate. 
We can rationalize inaction 
by deciding that one voice or 
one vote doesn’t matter, or we 
can make the choice that inac¬ 
tion is unacceptable - either 
let self-doubt and feelings of 
inadequacy prevent us from 
realizing our full potential, or 
embrace the fact that when we 
turn our attention away from 
ourselves, our potential is lim¬ 

Reeve will be remembered 
by last year’s graduates for his 
wqjds and style. “As a gradu¬ 
ate about to set foot into the 
world beyond Middlebury, it 
was great to have a person of 
his aura and charisma say the 
final words of congratulations 
and inspiration,” said Brainder 
Commons Residential Advisor 
Eric Ambrette ’04. “It was a 
truly moving address.” 

Julia Randall 

A spectator gets a close-up look at the inauguration of President 
Ronald D. Liebowitz as Middlebury College’s 16th President. 

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And all at prices to fit the college budget. 
OPEN MON-FRI 11-7, SAT 10-2 

Located adjacent to Middlebury Discount Beverage 


OCTOBER 6, 2004 TO OCTOBER 17, 2004 











No Suspects 


9 a.m. 




No Suspects 


9:45 p.m. 

Drug Violation 



Referred to Commons Dean 






No Suspects 


5:30 p.m. 


Printer Cable 

Route 125 





Banquet Table Skirt 

Athletic Fields 

No Suspects 



Theft (4 instances) 



No Suspects 


4:20 p.m. 



Service Building 

No Suspects 


12:35 a.m. 




Referred to Commons Dean 


2:30 p.m. 



Storrs Avenue 



1 a.m. 

Drug Violation 



Referred to Commons Dean 


8:30 a.m. 



Alumni Stadium 

No Suspects 


11:30 a.m. 


Broken Window and Door 

77 Main Street 

No Suspects 



Drug Violation 



Referred to Commons Dean 


1:40 a.m. 


Telephone Calls 





Theft (9 instances) 



No Suspects 


12 - 6 a.m. 


Emergency Phone 


No Suspects 


9:30 a.m. 




No Suspects 


9 a.m. 




No Suspects 


8:30 a.m. 

Driving Offense 

Ski Trail 

Snow Bowl 

Referred to Commons Dean 


1:10 a.m. 

Drug Violation 


The Mill 

Referred to Commons Dean 



Theft (2 instances) 



No Suspects 


12:08 a.m. 

Drug Violation 



Referred to Commons Dean 

rom 10/7/04 to 10/17/04, there were 23 instances of alcohol possession by a minor reported around campus. 




College Tuition 
Rising Nationwide 

A survey of nearly 2,700 colleges and uni¬ 
versities nationwide found that tuition at both 
types of institutions rose this year — the cost 
of attending public universities rose an aver¬ 
age of 10.5 percent, while tuition at private 
universities and community college increased 
by an average of six percent and nine percent, 

The rise in public university tuition was 
the second-largest increase in over a decade 
— last year’s rise, thirteen percent, was the 
highest. The tuition increases at private and 
community colleges were also among the 
steepest in a decade. 

This marks the first time that the average 
tuition at the nation’s postsecondary institu¬ 
tions has surpasses $20,000 for a private col¬ 
lege, $5,000 for a public university and $2,000 
for a community college. 

Among the many factors cited by higher 
education experts for the large increases in¬ 
clude shrinking endowments, big increases in 
health insurance costs for campus employee 
and anemic higher spending by states. 

Despite the increases, the survey found, 
students are not necessarily paying all the 
extra costs. Financial aid has been increasing 
as well, often softening the blow from, though 
not always keeping pace with, rising tuition. 
However, the survey’s authors said that this 
year’s increases were so large that grants might 
not be able to keep up with them. 

— The New York 

New rankings? 

U.S. News & World Report , that perennial 
judge that ranks colleges and universities na¬ 
tionwide according to its own system, has new 

A group of economists and statisticians 
from Harvard University, Boston University 
and the University of Pennsylvania worked 
together to devise a new system for ranking 
colleges — a system based not on admission 
percentages, SAT scores and student-faculty 
ratios, as the U.S. News system is, but on ad¬ 
mitted students’ likelihood to choose one 
school over another. 

In the group’s findings, recently published 
by the National Bureau of Economic Research, 
colleges and universities can manipulate 
numerical data that U.S. News uses to assign 
rankings every year. By instead analyzing 
which schools tend to be chosen more by 
admitted students in comparison to others, a 
college’s place in relation to all schools begins 
to emerge, and the rankings take shape. If one 
school “wins” a student over two others, its 
ranking rises in relation to the schools it beat. 

The authors of the study ran a prelimi¬ 
nary demonstration of their theory in which 
they tracked the college choices of 3,240 
high-performing students from 396 schools 
nationwide. According to this trial run, the 
two twenty schools ranked similarly to the top 
liberal arts colleges and universities in the U.S. 
News rankings, but the order of the rankings 
changes. For instance, Duke University, which 
currently ranks fifth in U.S. News , fell to nine¬ 
teenth place in this new study. 

Many critics of college rankings claim 
that under the current system of ranking, 
some schools try to bolster their placement by 
attempting to manipulate their school’s data. 
For instance, they might try to lower their 
admissions percentage by encouraging appli¬ 
cations from students who actually have low 
chances for admission, thereby making their 
schol look more selective. In this new system, 
the only way for colleges to improve their place 
in the rankings is to get more top students to 
apply and attend. 











Fall Family Weekend sparks sales 

Julia Randall 

Middlebury will get a big economic boost this weekend when scores par¬ 
ents descend on the town during the College’s Family Fall Weekend Two. 

By Elizabeth Siegel 
Staff Writer 

The town of Middlebury is 
transformed each October when 
leaves change color on cue and 
parents invade en masse. It is no co¬ 
incidence that the College’s two Fall 
Family Weekends occur during peak 
foliage season. The school throws 
out a welcome mat of brilliant or¬ 
anges and reds for families eager to 
see the students and the campus. But 
the foliage is not the only draw. 

“[Middlebury is] a very charm¬ 
ing town,” remarked resident Kristi 
Gorton of Middlebury’s appeal to 
visiting parents. 

“To entertain your parents you 
take them into town,” noted cloth¬ 
ing boutique Glass Bead Game em¬ 
ployee Hannah Baker ’07. Baker can 
relate to the desire to keep visitors 
occupied. “Last Parents’ Weekend, 
my dad’s girlfriend came into Glass 
Bead Game and bought some clothes 
while I was working,” she said. “I also 
saw a lot of my friends coming into 
the store with their parents. When¬ 
ever it’s a parents’ weekend, we al¬ 
ways expect it to be busy.” 

“We plan for Parents’ Weekend,” 
echoed David Disque, owner Forth 
‘N Goal, a sporting goods and cloth¬ 
ing store. “We bring in extra staff 
and often I will be present in the 
store because customers like to see 
the owner.” 

Inside Forth ‘N Goal paint¬ 
ings of Middlebury College athletes 
adorn the walls and T-shirts branded 
with Middlebury sports both real 

— “Middlebury College Football” 

— and imagined — “Middlebury 
Surfing” — can be purchased. It is 
no surprise then that sales spiked 
at Forth ‘N Goal over the first Fall 
Family Weekend. “The biggest seller 
is definitely the Middlebury gear,” 
explained Disque. “It is harder for 
parents to say no to their kids while 
visiting them at school,” he sur¬ 
mised, “and the kids milk it for all 
its worth.” 

Baker noticed a similar trend 
taking place at Glass Bead Game 

during this year’s first Parents’ 
Weekend. “A girl came in the week 
before Parents’ Weekend, picked out 
a lot of clothes, and then put them 
on hold until the weekend,” she said. 
“She knew that when her mom came 
she would pay for it.” 

Profits brought in by visit¬ 
ing families to shops such as Glass 
Bead Game and Forth N’ Goal are 
characteristic of the two Fall Family 
Weekends effects on the town. When 
asked to comment on the weekend, 
many merchants, restaurateurs and 
inn employees had responses similar 
to that given by Walter O’Donoghue, 
bartender and manager at Tully & 
Marie’s Restaurant — “It brings us 

“It’s good for the whole town,” 
explained O’Donoghue. “Everyone 

benefits. We love Parents’ Weekend. 
It’s a real boost.” 

“Parents’ Weekend comes at the 
same time as fall foliage,” noted Dale 
Goddard, owner of the Middlebury 
restaurant Fire and Ice. “These fall 
weekends make us very busy and we 
look forward to it.” 

“Fall foliage makes October 
a big business month,” agreed 
Middlebury’s Swift House Inn and 
Restaurant employee Heather Barry. 
“But I see more business during the 
Middlebury College Weekends (such 
as Parents’ Weekend and Homecom¬ 
ing) than I do during a regular 

Additionally, benefits accrued 
from the College’s Fall Family 
Weekends, coupled with those from 
autumnal visitors, come just before 

the town experiences a lag in busi¬ 
ness. “Wintertime is very slow for 
the town,” said O’Donoghue 

“We’re kind of like a bear eating 
salmon before winter,” explained 
Goddard, conjuring up an image 
appropriate for Vermont. “We have 
to store up for some of the slower 
nights ahead. We enjoy it and the 
parents are usually in a very good 
mood.” Regardless, Goddard 
remarked that working Fall Fam¬ 
ily Weekend is “pretty tiring for the 
staff. They work long days and it is 
pretty much all hands on deck.” 

Ron Sunderland, manager of 
Middlebury’s Rosie’s Diner, observed 
a similar effect on his employees. “By 
the end of the weekend,” he chuck¬ 
led, “we’re all giggling and laughing 
at each other even though there 
isn’t anything [that is] too amusing. 
We’re just all exhausted.” 

Strain from long workdays is 
not the only thing that comes along 
with the well-timed inflow of cash 
experienced by the town due to 
Parents’ Weekend. “Because Middle¬ 
bury is so small,” lamented Gorton, 
“any event that brings a lot of traffic 
into the town creates chaos.” 

However, Gorton maintained 
that, on Parents’ Weekends, those 
extra bodies in town represent “very 
kind, great people from all differ¬ 
ent areas. It’s fun to meet them. I 
wouldn’t say anything negative 
about Parents’ Weekend.” 

With an attitude that seems 
indicative of the stance most lo¬ 
cal business owners take towards 
Parents’ Weekend, Priscilla Baker, 
receptionist at Middlebury’s Inn on 
the Green and Middlebury resident, 
makes allowances for the traffic 
problems accompanying Fall Family 
Weekend. “Some people might be 
upset that they can’t get their usual 
parking space,” she explained, “and 
locals who are trying to find a res¬ 
taurant would probably have to head 
out of town, but that’s okay because 
Parents’ Weekend is so short lived. 
Most people really welcome the in¬ 
creased business that it brings.” 


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Looking on during the ribbon-cutting ceremony, SGA President Andrew Jacobi ’05 helps inaugurate the 
Addison County Transit Resources, which launched a new set of routes on Oct. 9. 



Scalia delivers his verdict for UVM 

Justice addresses Constitutional interpretation in lecture. 

By Katherine Doorley 



Justice Scalia endorses the “originalism” method of interpreting the Constitution, which gives the text the 
meaning it had when it was adopted. Scalia encourages amending the text to secure new rights and privileges. 

United States Supreme Court 
Justice Antonin Scalia addressed a 
large crowd Friday, Oct. 8 in the Ira 
Allen Chapel at the University of Ver¬ 
mont (UVM), discussing his judicial 
beliefs and how they have shaped his 
rulings. Scalia is known as one of the 
most conservative members of the 
highest court in the United States. 
He has ruled in favor of executing 
mentally handicapped inmates and 
against abortion rights, two of his 
more controversial stances. 

Scalia defined his belief sys¬ 
tem stating, “I am a believer in the 
method called originalism, which in 
a nutshell says you look at the text 
of the Constitution and you give the 
text the meaning it had when it was 
adopted.” This theory of constitu¬ 
tional interpretation directly opposes 
the rulings pattern of justices such as 
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who is know 
for her belief that the Constitution 
is a living document. In the latter 
theory, the Constitution was written 
to be flexible enough to allow it to be 
molded, as changing times require. 
Today the “living document” theory 
has more support among lawyers and 
judges than originalism, a fact that 
Scalia himself noted. 

Originalists such as Justice Sca¬ 
lia argue that .the “living document” 
belief limits democratic debate be¬ 
cause “every time the Supreme Court 
defines an aspect of the Constitution 
it reduces debate. Every time we find 
some new right in the Constitution 
which was never put there by the 
framers, the debate ends.” 

Rather than using judicial in¬ 
terpretation to settle debates over 
issues such as the death penalty or 
voting rights, Scalia argued that we 
should rely on democratic processes. 
Using the 19th amendment — which 
extended suffrage to women — as an 

example, Scalia noted that rather 
than expanding on the equal pro¬ 
tection clause already in the Con¬ 
stitution so that it included voting 
rights for women, Congress chose 
to undertake a democratic process 
to amend the constitution itself. This 
is the method Scalia encourages for 
securing new rights and privileges. 
He argues that this system, rather 
than allowing lawyers to make the 
final rulings on issues, and ignoring 
public debate, is far more demo¬ 
cratic and in line with the Constitu¬ 
tion than allowing for widespread 
judicial rulings. 

Scalia also discussed the grow¬ 
ing politicalization of the judiciary. 
While he was confirmed in a Sen¬ 

ate vote of 98-0 in 1986, today even 
nominations for Federal Circuit 
Courts are highly contentious. 
Scalia argued that this politiciza¬ 
tion is detrimental to the American 
legal system. According to Scalia, the 
contentiousness of the confirmation 
process is due to the fact that Con¬ 
gress now attempts to place “the kind 
of people on the court who will write 
the kind of Constitution [they] like.” 

At the end of his speech, Scalia 
agreed to take questions, many of 
which centered on 2000 s Bush v. 
Gore case. Scalia defended his ruling 
in the case, in which he agreed with 
the court majority that the Florida 
recount should be stopped, due to 
what he saw was a violation of the 

equal protection clause of the Con¬ 
stitution as a result of the methods 
being used in the recount. 

In closing, Scalia stressed once 
again that his interpretation of the 
Constitution is not a strictly conser¬ 
vative position. Rather, Scalia argued 
that neither side of the interpretation 
debate automatically corresponds to 
a political position. Indeed, he feels 
that when the Constitution is left 
open to interpretation, the interpre¬ 
tation and creation of laws and stat¬ 
utes can take place on either side of 
the political spectrum, while forever 
protecting certain areas from con¬ 
gressional action. Hence his belief 
that his version of the Constitution 
is the one that is enduring. 




“Got food? Thank a farmer.” 
One of my favorite bumper stickers. 

I was sitting outside of Proctor 
the other day, waiting to meet a 
few friends for dinner, not really 
concerned that they are running 
late because it is October and still in 
the 60s. Two students walked past, 
sucking down the last of their Ben 
and Jerry’s ice cream cones. “Eww- 
www! Vermont stinks!” one of the 
poor souls (we’ll call her “Cherry”) 
exclaimed as she contorted her face 
into a pug-like expression. Whatever 
Cherry’s friend “Garcia” replied 
was muffled as he responded to the 
putrid scent by lifting his arm in a 
Dracula pose to shield his nostrils 
from the country air. 

Witnessing the interaction, I 
sent “Cherry” and “Garcia” a villain¬ 
ous glare that they didn’t see, but 
made me feel better, like I was doing 
my part to represent the farmer. 

I do agree that the rancid scent 
of cow manure is not the most 
pleasant aroma. That is obvious 
by observing all the distorted faces 
around campus when someone 
from a bordering farm decides to 
fertilize his cropland. But have no 
fear. The stench may be gone sooner 
than you can say “Coffee Coffee 

The great statesman and 
president Thomas Jefferson once de¬ 
clared that “Agriculture is the most 
important occupation of human¬ 
kind; rural life is morally superior; 
and a nation of small independent 
farmer is better for democracy.” 
However, small farms throughout 
the nation (yes, including Vermont) 
have been dwindling. The latest 
USDA census marked a 14 percent 
decrease over five years in the num¬ 
ber of farms in Addison County. 

But I suppose I cannot blame the 
owners of small farms who decide 
to close shop. 

One problem with the dairy 
industry is that there are no pro¬ 
motions. One does not enter the 
profession of farming to make the 
big bucks and retire with a good 
pension. In fact, dairy farmers re¬ 
ceive only about 20 percent of what 
consumers pay for milk. The costs 
of feed and machinery continue to 
rise, but the digits on the milk check 
do not get any bigger. Add to the 
mix the lack of benefits — no health 
insurance and no vacation or sick 

Still, the morality that Jefferson 
argues is a result of the rural life 
— hard work, a dedication to family 
and personal sacrifice — stand as 
enough to keep some farmers going. 
Even now, in an age of e-business 
and suburbia, the agricultural life is 
one in which some men and women 
continue to persevere. 

So I ask but one favor. By all 
means, if the aroma is nauseating, 
please plug your nose. Yet on those 
muggy evenings this fall, when the 
layers of moist fog settle on campus 
and bring the pungent scent of cow 
manure and simmering silage to the 
College, take a moment from your 
nose cringing to remember who 
puts the cream in your Cookies and 




You would think that a girl from Idaho and 
a gal from suburbia would have an interesting 
tale to tell about their weekend excursion to the 
Big Apple. You would be right. 

After piling into the “Roo” (Claire’s 
Subaru), Claire, Lisie and their dear friends 
headed out of town. Only two minutes after 
bidding adieu to Gifford, Lisie remembered 
that she had to pick up garbage bags full of 
her laundry at Fluff and Fold. Lisie hates do¬ 
ing laundry more than anything in the world. 
Now that she has discovered the thrills of Fluff 
and Fold, her life has taken on new meaning. 
The road trip was fun, yet uneventful, save for 
Abby driving the Roo whilst Claire ate her salad 
(Claire is the only human being who orders sal¬ 
ads at Wendy’s drive-thrus) and got pulled over 
for blocking the passing lane. Apparently that is 
a big problem in Massachusetts. 

Upon arriving in the city, the first thing we 
seven girls did was order in Dominos. We really 
are classy broads. We even ordered Meat Lov¬ 
ers. And then to bed we went. 

The next day we lounged around, catch¬ 
ing up on “Dawson’s Creek” reruns. Then, like 
girls on a mission, we shopped. All we can say is 
that our parents will not be pleased when they 
see our credit card bills (Priscilla and Chris, 
Markandbar — remember, we had a really 
great time!). In Victoria’s Secret, our pal Isabel 
set off the alarm for attempting to shoplift a 
tacky, gold chained thong. She claims it was an 
accident. We don’t entirely believe her. Once 
we were shopped out, Claire, Lisie and Abby 
grabbed a cab to go shower at Abby’s brother’s 
apartment in Tribeca. The cab was rear-ended. 
That was interesting. We primped as quickly as 
three girls could possibly primp and grabbed 
another cab to meet up with the rest of the crew 
at Sushi Samba. That cab was rear-ended too. 

We aren’t kidding. 

Dining at Sushi Samba was an experience 
unlike any other. It was magical, really. (And 
expensive, but that’s beside the point.) Sushi 
Samba is quite the trendy eatery. It was featured 
in a “Sex in the City” episode. To be perfectly 
frank, we all did feel a little Carrie-esque sitting 
there. The restaurant was bright, crowded and 
blaring loud music, and to top it off, a group of 
men sent a round of drinks over to our table. 
We felt very chic and were sad to depart. But 
on we went to Jameson’s. It is tricky to find bars 
that don’t card in the city, so as you can imag¬ 
ine, Jameson’s wasn’t necessarily the classiest of 
places. It made for a fun evening though. 

Tired out from our fun-filled day, Claire, 
Lisie and Abby cabbed it back to Tribeca, 
thankfully accident free this time. However, 
once we arrived, we found ourselves locked 
out of the apartment. Abby’s brother finally 
came to the rescue, and as Claire and Lisie 
introduced themselves to him, he stripped to 
his boxers and pranced about, declaring his 
love for his alarm clock which, evidently, sets 
itself. Abby claims that her brother isn’t always 
naked, but we aren’t entirely convinced. Sleep 
felt nice. 

The rest of the weekend was equally 
entertaining. Gillie almost got kicked out of 
Jameson’s for writing “Yankees Suck” on a 
chalkboard that had previously listed the spe¬ 
cials. Isabel and Lisie got caught in the rain for 
45 minutes, unable to find a cab, singing Ashlee 
Simpson songs all the while. It turns out NYC is 
somewhat of a bubble itself — a pricey, chaotic 
bubble — but one we were glad to pop into for 
a weekend. As always, it felt nice to come home, 
to watch “Alias” and to get yelled at in the li¬ 
brary for talking too loud. Sushi Samba was 
nice, but it’s no Proctor. 




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Dear President Liebowitz 

For the 16th time in Middlebury College history, a 
new president has been inaugurated. Congratulations 
President Liebowitz, you join a distinguished fellowship. 
But the celebration has ended and now “officially” be¬ 
gins your tenure as president. As you start to prioritize 
and plan how you will make your mark on the College, 
we would like to make a few suggestions. 

Be accessible to the entire College community. We 
would love to run into you at lunch in Ross Dining Hall 
and chat about college life while waiting in line for the 
pizzas to come out of the oven. Too often students feel 
a disconnect between themselves and Old Chapel and 
are then frustrated when policies are introduced with¬ 
out adequate input from majority of people who will 
be effected. If we see you around on campus, this will 
help reassure students that you are “in-touch” with the 
student body. What better way to understand student 
life than to experience it occasionally? 

Do not forget about the students who currently 
make up the College community. There has been notice¬ 
able push to enhance Middlebury’s appeal to the pro¬ 
spective student. The College’s homepage is now geared 
entirely towards the image that the College wishes to 
project outward and you have already announced your 
desire to improve the “human capital” component of 
the College. While we applaud the shift in focus from 
the material — the building projects and the physical 
expansion of the campus that often dominated Presi¬ 
dent Emeritus John M. McCardell Jr.’s tenure — the 
College’s current human capital cannot go ignored. You 
have taken charge of an institution of 2,300 intelligent, 
ambitious and energetic students, at least 500 of whom 
will be on campus with you for the next four years. 
Impress upon us your commitment to the College and 
those who make up the current student body. Inspire us, 
guide us and lead us to make this College a better place 
with our presence as an asset. 

Show us that the welfare of students is at the front 
of your mind. There is now a lesser threat of broken 
legs with the newly cemented paths across McCullough 
lawn, but what about installing more blue lights and 
emergency boxes and improving the lighting on walking 
paths, especially around the Ridgeline woods and park¬ 
ing lots? For better or worse, we often boast of being 
insulated by a Middlebury “bubble,” but we do not need 
to wait for that bubble to burst before you take pro-ac¬ 
tive steps to ensure student safety. 

While the Commons system and buildings such as 
McCardell Bicentennial Hall and the new library are 
prominent testaments to John McCardell’s tenure as 
College president, we are eager to look with you towards 
the future. As you take those first steps forward, we hope 
you will do it with us in mind. 


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Letters to the Editor 

To the Editor: 

In the last issue of The Middlebury Campus , I submitted an article that 
provided a brief summary of the Republican platform. My purpose was both 
to present the Republican position on various issues, addressing what I felt 
were common misconceptions, and to expose what I consider flaws in liberal 
logic. After picking up a copy of The Campus on Thursday morning, I saw 
that my arguments addressing the liberal standpoint on both healthcare and 
education were missing. I now know that my article was cut for length but, 
nevertheless, I am disappointed with the end result. I feel that the content of 
my article was altered to my disadvantage and I take this opportunity to men 
tion the missing arguments. 

Concerning healthcare, it is important to recognize that the liberals’ so 
lution, universal healthcare, is not in the best interest of our country. Not only 
will it cost trillions of dollars to supply the entire population with healthcare,! 
but to fund it means raising taxes. Yes, even for the middle class. More impor¬ 
tantly, taking competition out of the healthcare market will lower the quality 
of care. 

On the issue of education, I acknowledge that while standardized testing, 
is not a faultless way of measuring students’ abilities, it is all we have at thej 
moment. Liberals, while quick to label standardized testing as unfair, have 
failed to come up with something better. 

Allison Kennedy ’07 

To the Editor: 

I am writing with regard to a factual mistake in the Thursday, Oct. 7,| 
2004 issue of The Middlebury Campus. In “Fletcher: a band of brothers,”] 
Amanda Goodwin and Alyssa Thurston indicate that some of “the College’s! 
recent housing policy changes, [which] include[d] the abolition of sub-free 
housing.” This is incorrect. The College has not abolished substance-free 
housing options in upperclass dorms. Rather, due to a significant decrease, 
in the number of incoming first-year substance free applications, the College] 
was not able to provide the substance free hall option in first-year dorms. 
Nonetheless, during the first-year roommate matching process, any first year 
who requested substance free living was matched up with another first-year 
who also indicated a preference for substance free living. In this respect, our 
substance-free housing practices did not change at all. 

Kelly Bevere 
Residential Systems Coordinator 

To the Editor: 

Andrew Chambers’ Opinions submission, “A conservative voice speaks! 
out,” in the Tuesday, Oct. 7,2004 issue is yet another piece emphasizing Ker¬ 
ry’s flip-flops. This criticism speaks volumes about the black and white, good 
vs. evil idealism that has characterized this administration. Sure it’s easier to 
appeal to the American people with simplistic rhetoric, while condemning 
those that dare to point out reality as inconsistent. Consider the following: 
Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11 AND is a cruel dictator worthy of 
removal. It was valiant for Kerry to fight in Vietnam AND protest the wholly 
miscalculated war. The war on terror requires the use of force in Arab na¬ 
tions AND attacking Arab nations increases the hatred that causes terrorism. 
Democracy is good for Iraq AND it is extremely adverse to its consolidation. 
The reasons given for going into Iraq were dishonest AND we must stay and 
finish the job to the best of our abilities. 

The Bush campaign continually takes Kerry’s attempts at truth and fit 
them into their anti-Kerry mold. The truth is America needs a president who 
can recognize it is not ALWAYS either or. 

The author additionally states that even Democrats “seem mildly up¬ 
set Kerry is their candidate.” I think Republicans and Democrats alike, as 
American citizens, should be upset about the dishonesty and corruption of 
the Bush administration undermining American politics. It will only worsen 
a political atmosphere that yields campaigns focused on who’s worse, rather' 
than who’s better. 

Britt Neuhaus ’07 



George serves Connor supports 
Midd community youth interests 

On Nov. 2, we have an oppor¬ 
tunity to send a strong voice back 
to the Vermont Legislature. That 
voice belongs to Dean George. I have 
enjoyed many years working closely 
with Dean as a fellow Selectperson in 
Middleburv. Having served as chair 
and member of many committees 
— including Public Works, Public 
Safety and Union Negotiations — he 
has made numerous and significant 
contributions to our town. 

Dean seeks to return to the 
state legislature where he served 
with distinction from 2000 to 2002. 
He was then and continues to be an 
important player in the transporta¬ 
tion field, currently serving as Mid- 
dlebury’s representative to Addison 
County Transit Resources (ACTR). 

With his impressive law enforce¬ 
ment background, Dean has been 
called upon to help achieve Home¬ 
land Security goals in our 
town and other parts of 
Vermont. The Addison 

County State’s Attorney singled 
him out for praise, recognizing his 
professional and tireless assistance 
in a recent successful front-page 
prosecution. Furthermore, Dean was 
selected by Governor Jim Douglas 
to serve on a state-wide committee 
to research, review and recommend 
candidates to fill a vacancy on the 
Vermont Supreme Court. 

Dean has effectively served our 
town, county and sate for many 
years. He deserves to be returned to 
the Vermont Legislature where he 
will again be a strong voice for 
Middlebury. Please join me on 
Nov. 2 and cast your vote for 
Dean George for State Rep¬ 
resentative for Middlebury 
and East Middlebury. 

A strength of the Vermont 
House is the diversity of its mem¬ 
bership. We are a citizens' legisla¬ 
ture, and we bring our perspectives 
with us to Montpelier. We have 
lawyers, farmers, retired people, 
homemakers, business 
executives, teachers and 
yi nonprofit workers in the 
f House. But we do not 
have a single House 
m member under the 
age of 30. 

The sad- 
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to make is 
our chil¬ 
dren. Ver¬ 
mont has a 

tionately low population of people 
aged 22 to 34, and our population 
of school children continues to 
shrink. Without attracting more 
young people to come and stay in 
Vermont, we have a bleak future. 

We need in the House Tabby’s 
perspective as an Addison County 
native and a young person strug¬ 
gling to complete her education and 
start her career. I am very impressed 
with her intelligence, hard work and 
good judgment. Tabby will help us 
to craft policies to create an envi¬ 
ronment where more young people 
can afford to live and work. 

I urge Middlebury residents to 
vote for Tabby Connor for the Ver¬ 
mont House. 




Student embraces the Midd bubble 

It was probably while watching 
one of Bushs awkward and drawn 
out stares at the camera during last 
week’s debate that I realized just 
how out of touch with the outside 
world I am here in our Middlebury 
“bubble.” It was literally the first 
time since arriving on campus that 
I sat down for more than a couple 
minutes to observe something im¬ 
portant going on that was not hap¬ 
pening right outside pf my door. 

During High School, I was 
constantly engaged in the media 
and the national news — keeping 
up on sports scores, never missing 
an episode of “Survivor” or “24” 

and doing a moderate job of keep¬ 
ing up with the war and politics. 
Since being at Middlebury I find 
myself more curious about the 
dessert at Proctor is on a given day 
than if the Patriots won, Rob was 
voted out or how we are doing in 
Iraq. To be blunt, the only news 
I really pay attention to is which 
social house to go to on a weekend 
night, what band is playing at the 
Grille or which hiking trip is leav¬ 
ing when. Maybe its the mountains 
all around that gives me a sense of 
“Who cares?” No national news can 
matter enough to climb over all of 
them and actually affect my life. Or 

maybe it is the fact that whenever I 
am not working, unrequired read¬ 
ing is always a distant second to 
any social activity such as kicking 
back and watching “Family Guy” 
on DVD with some friends. 

Don’t get me wrong, I do not 
mean to say that the Middlebury 
“bubble” is a bad thing. In fact, I 
have learned to appreciate such a 
simple lifestyle. I like being com¬ 
pletely secluded as a community, 
not being able to get addicted to a 
television show or picking up the 
campus paper to see that the big¬ 
gest story in the area is the student 
government elections. And the 

biggest worries? Missing cups and 
noise complaints. I simply did not 
realize for these first few weeks of 
school how incredibly immersed I 
am in the campus and the commu¬ 
nity, and how unimmersed I am in 
the rest of the world. It took Bush’s 
classic smirk as he stood in silence 
to make me realize that Middlebury 
is its own world with only the oc¬ 
casional alien landing to remind us 
that we still are in the same galaxy. 





It’s time to dispel the myths of fairy¬ 
tale —“Febdom.” In short, being a “Feb” 
has not been everything it was stacked up 
to be. Firsdy, I didn’t choose to be a Feb, 
but the College did all it could to con¬ 
vince me I was just as good as the “Regs,” 
if not better, because being accepted as 
a Feb meant I was unique and extraor¬ 
dinarily motivated, or something. On 
the other hand, my father was delighted 
about this delay, for it meant sue more 
months to work off a tuition bill larger 
than the value of our house. 

This leads me to the second thing 
wrong with being a Feb — high expecta¬ 
tions. Apparently it wasn’t enough to be 
accepted to Middlebury. I found out only 
after arriving at College that Febs were 
also supposed to have saved 700 starving 
children in Tibet during their semester 
off. Well, somebody should have told me. 

After the onslaught of eager, expect¬ 
ant “What did you do on your time offs?”, 
I moved into a dorm of “Regs” like a 
few other Feb outcasts. Then I never got 
the privilege of experiencing the “most 
awesomest ever” Feb clique, which treats 
all outsiders like social pariahs. As a result, 
the majority of my friends were Regs, 
who went abroad when I stayed at Midd, 
and stayed at Midd when I went abroad. 

So now I am on the cusp of gradu¬ 
ation, or at least an informal celebration, 
after I move out one more time than 
all of the Regs had to. And what should 
I find out? I don’t receive the symbolic 
diploma because the College only prints 
this official document in the spring. 

“Hey mom and dad! Look at my dip ... 

I mean ... cane?” 

My other consolation prize will be 
one last question, which I’ve been grap¬ 
pling with for the last four years. What 
grade am I in? My first semester I was 
definitely a first-year and my third semes¬ 
ter I was certainly a sophomore, but what 
about my fourth semester when I was 
telling everyone I was a junior, “sort of, 
though I feel like a sophomore and actu¬ 
ally am one, technically, but not officially.” 
And what about now? Everyone’s asking 
me why I haven’t graduated and I don’t 
think I know the answer either. So now I 
have to go by that obnoxiously preten¬ 
tious label, “super senior”? Come to think 
of it, even when I graduate, or “celebrate,” 
I’ll still be wandering aimlessly around 
wondering if I’ve graduated, without a 
diploma. To add to the confusion, last 
Monday someone asked me if I was 
faculty or staff. 


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Judicial Board member cites misinformation 

As a member of what has been unfairly 
termed “Middlcbury’s quaint little arbitration 
system,” I pride myself on both the job I do in 
my capacity as Student Co-Chair of the Com¬ 
munity Judicial Board, and on the character of 
the Middlcbury students who largely respect 
and value the Honor Code here. I found Bryan 
Goldberg’s opinion submission “College Falls 
Short of Justice” in the Thursday, Oct. 7 issue of 
The Middlebury Campus insulting, poorly re¬ 
searched and damaging for those students who 
are unfamiliar with the merits of the Honor 
System. Before proceeding, I will point out that 
I did not sit on, and thus have no knowledge of 
the case of Samantha Rivera ’07.1 will not com¬ 
ment on it, out of respect for her and for my 
peers who sit on the Academic Judicial Board, 
whose judgment I have no reason to question. 

There are, however, a few points that must 
be made in response to Goldberg’s fundamen¬ 
tally flawed statements about what he calls 
Middlebury’s “fundamentally flawed system.” 
It is true that the outcomes of judicial hearings 
are rarely broadcast so that the entire com¬ 
munity can then sit in judgment of charges 
made. However, the implicit assumption that 
an accused student, whether found guilty or 
not, would like to have their personal business 
made public is simply wrong. Both Judicial 
Boards operate under the policy that the ac¬ 
cused has the right to face his or her accuser, 

and so, in academic dishonesty cases, profes¬ 
sors must be present at the hearings of charged 
students. The idea that their accusations must 
be made in front of the entire community for 
the sake of “transparency” is insensitive to the 
students whose cases are being heard. It also 
paints a picture of the 
evil professor plotting in 
his office, devising ways 
to frame, ruin and target 
students in the hopes 
of unfairly condemning 
them behind closed doors 
with no hope of redress. 

Professors at Middlebury 
College are simply not 
of this breed — they 
bring cases to the Judicial 
Board rarely, many times 
uncomfortably and sadly, 
and never with the inten¬ 
tion of perverting justice through the guise of 

The charge is made in Goldberg’s piece 
that “while students should have the right to 
request a discreet trial, they should also be 
given the choice of having a very public one.” 
Withholding my concerns about the journal¬ 
istic quality of these and other statements, I 
will simply quote the handbook, Section 15: 
“All hearings are confidential, except that the 

judicial body may, at the advance request of a 
student charged and with the consent of the 
person bringing the charge, open a hearing to 
all members of the College Community.” This 
wording cannot be clearer, and I assure you 
that in cases involving charges against only one 
student, that student has 
the complete authority to 
request an open hearing. 
In those cases involving 
sensitive personal in¬ 
formation pertaining to 
more than one student, 
for example in a sexual 
harassment case, both 
parties are given an equal 
opportunity to request 
a closed hearing. Those 
cases involving disciplin¬ 
ary infractions that I have 
heard during my time on 
the board have covered a broad range of is¬ 
sues. Students bringing charges against their 
peers for inappropriate and hurtful behavior 
are rarely eager to share their sensitive stories 
with the “Middlebury masses,” especially when 
relating them during a confidential hearing is 
difficult enough. 

Goldberg declared that “Those students 
who are inclined to sit on the judicial board and 
potentially ruin the lives of their peers should 

be willing to do so in the light of day — or else 
they are unfit for the position.” I am insulted. I 
pride myself, as does every student and faculty 
member of each board, on treating all students 
sitting before us with dignity, compassion and 
respect. If the presence of our names on the 
Honor Code Web page is not public enough, 
I am not sure how else to make our roles on 
the Judicial Boards known without violating 
the privacy of accused students. Perhaps I am 
wrong in assuming that the alternative to our 
current system, which is a Board composed 
entirely of faculty members and deans, would 
not be preferred by most students. Regardless, 
the ill-informed accusation of cowardice on 
the part of the Judicial System and its mem¬ 
bers is unfounded and, more importantly, 
represents a broad attempt to undermine the 
trust that is the foundation of so many good 
things at the College. I am proud of the hard 
work and emotion that I invest in my work 
on the Judicial Board, and so are my peers. I 
thank those students who do take the Honor 
Code seriously and humbly ask that you all do 
so, and accept a system that is administered by 
compassionate and hard working students and 
faculty who respect all members of the Middle¬ 
bury Community. 



I am proud of the 
hard work and 
emotion that I 
invest in my work 
on the Judicial 

— Carrie Evans 05 

Party controversy 
deemed passe 

Middlebury’s political correctness hit 
a new low last week, as countless students 
crashed parties in an effort that was equal parts 
drama and thoughtlessness. This sad show was 
made even more absurd by the simple fact that 
we are on the verge of the most important 
presidential election in over a century. Why are 
people flexing their political muscles in order 
to stop frisbee parties at a time when our na¬ 
tion is at a historic crossroads? The lunacy of it 
boggles the mind, and it is the purpose of this 
article to immediately undo the damage that 
last week’s embarrassing reaction has caused. 

To start, many in the Middlebury Asian 
Students’ Organization (MASO) may have felt 
offended by the Mills party theme of “Asia: 
the continent,” but that fact alone does not 
legitimize the over-reaction that has resulted. 
What right does MASO have to act as if they 
alone can celebrate or otherwise make refer¬ 
ence to the continent of Asia? They are not in 
a position of moral authority such that they 
can decide when it is and is not appropriate 
to have an Asia-themed party. As a Japanese 
studies minor, I am personally annoyed by the 
outrageous notion that Caucasian students 
must be extra-sensitive in dealing with the 
broad topic of Asia. 

Finally, it is important to discuss the fact 
that MASO students were angered by the pres¬ 
ence of condoms at the party. The Middlebury 
Campus editorial in the Thursday, Oct. 7 issue 
explained that objectors interpreted the pro¬ 
phylactics as “a reference to prostitution.” This 
radical interpretation by MASO members 
should not reflect negatively on the intentions 
of the party. While it is true that Asia is suf¬ 
fering from a prostitution crisis, the MASO 
interpretation shines light only upon their 
own insecurity — to suggest that a pile of con¬ 
doms was the Mill’s best representation of Asia 
is frankly absurd. The fact that the newspaper 
has sided with MASO in tarnishing the Mill’s 
reputation is even more absurd. 

The controversy over the frisbee party 
is even more worrisome, because it exposes 
the questionable motives that the protestors 
exhibited. There were several articles written 
about the incident, but all of them failed to 
ask the key question: why didn't the protes¬ 
tors just talk to the frisbee team beforehand 
and discuss the issue like mature adults? If 
ever there were an approachable group of 
people, the frisbee team is it. In hindsight, it 
is clear that the frisbee team was more than 

understanding, so why did this have to blow 
up into protest? The proof is in the pudding 

— the protestors wanted there to be drama, 
conflict, and newspaper attention. They actu¬ 
ally preferred to put on a huge show, rather 
than request a theme change. Had the theme 
been discreetly changed well in advance of 
the party, then there would have been no 
headlines, no outrage, no call for greater 
funding for diversity causes. The members of 
(PALANA) Center who put on this show have 
received much praise, especially from Dean for 
Institutional Diversity Roman Graf, when they 
are also deserving of some censure. Protesting 
is a welcome political tool, but it should not 
be the first line of defense. Dialogue is the first 
line of defense. Period. 

Finally, all of this 
coverage is upsetting 
because it has helped to 
take focus away from 
the real issues that our 
nation faces. Question¬ 
able cries of insensitiv¬ 
ity, while somewhat 
important, are not 
nearly as important 
as topics like the war 
in Iraq, the health¬ 
care crisis, tax policy, 
job outsourcing, the 
environment, glo¬ 
balization and about 
three hundred other 
issues that might be 
decided on Nov. 

2. Let us all put 
these events be¬ 
hind us, clear 
them from our 
thoughts and 
re-direct our 
attention where 
it really belongs 

— the ballot. 



Midd needs discourse 
on racial issues 

Racism is a word that is packed with 
powerful imagery — white robes and hang¬ 
ings, swastikas and gas chambers, the most 
recent developments in the Sudan and 
yes,the brutal conquest of the land our very 
institution rests upon. Thus, it stands to 
reason that when an allegation of such grav¬ 
ity is directed towards a member or group 
of our community, it spawns a certain level 
of controversy and defensiveness among the 
community at large. 

Judging from my personal experience 
with members of both the ultimate frisbee 
team and the Mill, it seems that these are 
not organizations that promote the idea of a 
superior race based on determinant human 
traits (to paraphrase the Merriam-Webster 

t i o n 
o f 
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do I 
in any 
sort of 
that was 
cial or 
n a t o r y 
— deny¬ 
ing some¬ 
one from 
playing or 

singling them out would be a different 
story altogether. However, from a soci¬ 
etal standpoint, it seems that the com¬ 
munity at large has no problem deeming 
the acts in question as inappropriate and 

But are insensitivity, inappropriate¬ 
ness and ignorance different from racism? I 
would argue that they are. Should the term 
racism only pertain to acts of immense dis¬ 
criminatory cruelty? No, of course not. 

This appears to be contradictory, so I 
will explain myself. 

What we have is a unique opportunity, 
amidst the conflict that has arisen here on 
campus, to engage in a serious discus¬ 

sion about what the term racism means and 
what it means to be a racist in our society, or 
in any for that matter, a discussion that does 
not take place nearly enough. 

Racism, on its most fundamental level, 
would appear to be the recognition of ethnic 
or religious origins as factors that divide hu¬ 
man beings. If we accept this definition, then 
we are all racists to varying degrees, because 
we have all recognized, at some point in our 
lives, the distinguishing features of race. 

By putting this definition forward, I do 
not mean to degrade the terrible suffering 
that has come at the hands of the most ter¬ 
rible people our world has ever known. But 
I believe that detaching ourselves from the 
term racism and casting it on others with 
little regard for the consequences it may 
have is a dangerous proposition. 

In fact, labeling a person or a group rac¬ 
ist does not even have the intended effect of 
penalizing a group for its ignorance, because 
it conjures up so much negative imagery 
that the group is forced to be defensive, as 
we saw with the frisbee team and the Mill. It 
did not work two weeks ago, and it has never 
worked. These organizations do not want to 
be associated with the kind of brutal imag¬ 
ery I previously described, nor do I believe 
they deserve to be. 

All of a sudden, a discussion that should 
be quite serious and profound has been re¬ 
duced to the level of naivete resembling a 
school-yard fight, with name-calling and de¬ 
fensiveness rampant, certainly not a desired 
effect of either of the parties involved. 

I do not mean to take sides on what hap¬ 
pened last week, or to criticize its aftermath. 
In fact, I think it has brought an important 
topic to light — one that isn’t discussed 
nearly enough on this campus, and for that I 
am thankful. However, let us go beyond the 
triviality of labels and have a meaningful 
discussion on the concept of racism that has 
torn us apart so many times before. 

We know how unique we are as a cam¬ 
pus, in our diversity, through figures and 
institutions like Alexander Twilight and 
the Language Schools. Let us use this as an 
opportunity to raise the level of racial dis¬ 
course in our homes, in all of our diverse 
communities and in our country. And let it 
begin here. 




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Will the Grille 
become a new 
social hub? 

College administration 
and student leaders lure 
Midd-kids back to the 
original student center 

III By hyfoa GtJm _ 

i Features Editc^ 

When the Grille was built in 1998, It was intended to be an 
on-campus pub that could host much bf Middlebury College’s 
social activity. Its open, well-lit atmosphere attracted many 
students more interested in studying than in listening to loud 
music, however. Witlf||ie new library ajnd cafe now providing 
ample space for studious pursuits, the Middlebury College Ac¬ 
tivities Board (MCAB) and the Grille Cojnmittee are looking to 
turn down the lightsjand turn up the volume in the College’s 
„ student center. 

The Grille has held a liquor license sii|ce it opened and con¬ 
tinues to serve an evir-expanding variety of on-tap beers and 
wines after 4:30 p.multhe Grille space wastconceived partly out 
of a desire to keep students on campus andgdiminish the num¬ 
ber of off-campus parties. Until recently, however, the availabil¬ 
ity of alcohol for thbse of age has not been strongly advertised. 

With the renewed effort to make the Grille a social hub, 
MCAB has begujpiving out free drink coupons and coordinat¬ 
ing special “pu^ Rights” with bigger musical events. Free drink 
perks not onlggindude alcoholic beverages, Head of Center 
for Campus Activities and Leadership Doug Adams stressed. 
Coupons anJplirst 100 drinks free” rules can be applied to any 
beverage urigpr $3.50, including smoothies and lattes. 

It has Men a long-standing misconception that the Grille 
has a three drink maximum policy in place. While such a rule 
was in elKt when the space was first opened, it was quickly 
discarded in favor of “the bartender’s discretion,” as Adams ex- 
plainediihudents are carded to confirm they are of age and will 
sometipfes be asked to wear a bracelet indicating that the card¬ 
ing hJgpaken place. The easily identifiable bracelet prevents the 
singljpartender from repeatedly IDing the same person. Adams 
highl^hted the fact that the College offers students “break-even 
pricJBon alcohol. This means that the College does not make 
anypipfit from liquor sales and maintains prices that are com¬ 
parable to, or less than, the price of alcohol purchased in town. 

McCullough used to house everything from Middleburry’s 
switrreenter to a snack bar in the Crest Room to the dance party 
venue that still remains. Subsequently, the Grille has proved as 
versatile as the building that houses it. Adams remarked, “The 
Grille is a wonderfully evolving space.” 

The goal of the Grille committee, Working in conjunction 
with the College’s administration, has always been to provide 
a structure that is in continuous conversation with students’ 
needs and visions. This focus has evidenced itself in annual, and 
at times even more frequent, surveys analyzing students’ reac¬ 
tions fo the Grille and the events that it hosts. The Grille Com- 
mitteehas always had a strong vision, but as Adams pointed out, 
“It’s about finding a balance point. We need to be sensitive to 
how other students are using the space.” 

This is exactly what MCAB President Meredith Kernan ’05 
and MCAB Grille Chair Susanna Gorski ’05 have in mind. They 
have been busy digging deep into on-campus and off-campus 
talent to provide students with an enjoyable variety of music 
coming from the Grille’s stage. Kernan has focused entertain¬ 
ment scheduling on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday nights. She 
explained that Thursday night “pub nights” are meant to help 
“change the culture of the Grille a little bit.” She continued, 
“There’s an effort to make people see that The Grille can be a 

Gorski mirrored this sentiment saying, “People forget that 
the Grille is a great place to hang out — it’s a fun, cool place to 
go.” MCAJB’s goal is to give students what they want from social 
life on campus. 

Kernan sees the Grille as “the perfect place if you want to 
have a chill night with friends ” On a Thursday night, one group 
of students met for a geography discussion, while several friends 
slurped smoothies ami chatted in a booth. Stephen Jasikoff ’05 
sat at a table, sipping a cold beer and listening to the live band 
“Wood’s Tea Company.” He praised the music saying, “It’s great. 

I like tHe folk atmosphere.” And of the beer selection he re¬ 
marked, “It covers a wide variety of tastes.” 

MCAB and the College administration hope that the Grille 
will be successful in meeting “a wide variety” of social tastes. 


Julia Randall 

Bartender Eric Voss ’05 pours a beer on a weekday night at the Grille. 

Susanna Gorski ’05 

MCAB and the Col- 
lege administration 
hone that the Grille 

wBl be successful in 

meeting “a wide vari 
ety” of social tastes. 

People forget that the Grille 
is a great pht|A|o hang out 

place to go. 

— Meredith Kernan ’05 


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Clifford Symposium unveils new library 

By Viraj Assar 
Staff Writer 

Although the library opened its doors to the Col¬ 
lege community in mid-summer, the formal dedication 
ceremony was scheduled nearly a month into fall term, 
Oct. 8, to coincide with the inauguration of President 
Ronald D. Liebowitz. The combination of the building’s 
dedication and the conclusion of Middlebury’s transi¬ 
tion to a new presidential administration was exempli¬ 
fied by Dr. Vartan Gregorian, a librarian and former 
college president, as well as one of the cermony’s key 
note speakers. Beginning in 1981, Dr. Gregorian held the 
presidencies of the New York Public Library followed by 
Brown University. An eminent historian and author, he 
is now President of the grant-making Carnegie Corpo¬ 
ration of New York. 

The robed scholar addressed his audience at length, 
recalling the origins of Western intellectual ism in an¬ 
cient Greece and the cuneiform tablets of Mesopotamia. 
He noted Alexander’s founding of his Museum at Alex¬ 
andria in 300 BC, where Ptolemy later worked to collect 
copies of all books in existence — all worldly knowledge 

— for the sake of greater learning. Then, returning to 
the present moment, Gregorian told the congregation, 
“What you have done here today — miracle of miracles 

— you have built a library of Alexandria.” 

His speech reflected his long life of philosophy, in 
the word’s literal sense. He quoted from a broad group 
of writers and thinkers, including Emerson, Borges, Mil- 
ton and Orwell, and praised the roles of libraries, books 
and the learning they facilitate in the realms of society 
and human existence itself. 

“The library, in my opinion, is the only tolerant 
historical institution,” he said. “For it’s a mirror of our 
society — the record of mankind. It is an institution in 
which the left and the right, the Devil and God, human 
achievements, human endeavors and human failures all 
are retained and classified, in order to teach mankind 
what not to repeat and what to emulate.” 

Prior to the ceremony, Fulton Professor of Ameri¬ 
can Literature and Civilization and Co-Faculty Head of 
Atwater Commons ceremonial marshall Stephen Dona- 
dio commented, “Everyone will tell you that this is an 
important occasion, and there’s really no occasion more 
important than the dedication of a new library.” Gre¬ 
gorian’s message echoed this sentiment tenfold. “Cem¬ 
eteries do not provide earthly immortality to men and 
women. Libraries, and museums and universities do. 
Even clergy cannot promise you immortality; they can 
pray that God provide you immortality. But, librarians 
can promise you immortality, and deliver it,” he said. 

Other ceremonial speakers included President 
Liebowitz, President Emeritus John M. McCardell Jr. 
and Dean of Library and Information Services Bar¬ 
bara Doyle-Wilch. All voiced appreciation for the many 
contributors to the College’s nearly ten-year effort to 
develop, design and realize the new center for learning. 

Chelsea Coffin 

Vartan Gregorian praised the College’s new library during its dedication. 

The newly dedicated library was the focus of the Clifford Symposium. 

By Julia McKinnon 
Staff Writer 

Have you noticed that Middlebury’s new library is curved 
and rotated to be directly on axis with Mead Chapel? Have 
you detected that the marble on the new library’s south wall 
matches Starr library’s marble, the stone on the front mirrors 
Mead Chapel’s and the concrete is identical to Warner’s? It 
is time to take notice of these subtleties, carefully crafted by 
Charles Gwathmey and his team of architects. 

Christian A. Johnson Professor of Architecture Glenn 
Andres introduced Charles Gwathmey who spent Saturday 
morning guiding students, faculty and residents through the 
vision behind the College’s new library. 

During the symposium, set up in the semi-circular 
atrium of the new library, Gwathmey of Gwathmey, Siegel 
8c Associates Architects walked the audience through his ca¬ 
reer. Gwathmey has spent his adult life constructing numer¬ 
ous large buildings, among them a number of libraries. He 
showed slides detailing his plans for libraries at a Connecticut 
boarding school, Harvard University, a New York City loca¬ 
tion, Ferris State College, the University of Ohio and in con¬ 
clusion, he displayed slides of Middlebury’s new library. 

Gwathmey’s architectural challenge is to create new space 
for long-established institutions. He has developed an eye for 
merging old buildings styles with modern architecture. His 
most applauded slide came from a project at the University of 
Ohio where he designed the renovation of the school’s student 
center. He completely altered an old, poorly lit brick building 
with a cupola by opening up the entire rcof and turning it into 
a skylight. The cupola, which one might say was a symbol of 
the university history’s, remained on the building, suspended 
above the skylight so that it looked as though it were floating. 
This illusion proved a popular combination of old and new 
— weathered brick and modern glass. 

This is just one of Gwathmey’s many successes. The 
College’s library, his latest project, has been a tribute to his 
experience. “All these previous projects culminated here at 
this Middlebury Library,” Gwathmey said. 

Gwathmey was originally involved in a competition for a 
renovation of Starr Library which then evolved into a restora¬ 
tion of the old Science Center and after eight designs of two 
different sites, the team of architects arrived at today’s design. 

Gwathmey calls his creation of limestone, marble and 
concrete “pure modernist classicism.” He explained its reso¬ 
nance with the scale of other campus buildings, the precedents 
and the “ethics of the place.” There were “infinite adjustments” 
woven into the plan while building this structure to ensure its 
use over the next 100 years. 

The building maintains efficient standards in terms of 
its sustainability and energy as well. Skylights provide ample 
natural light during the day, areas have occupancy sensors for 
lights and heat, the “green” wood comes from Vermont for¬ 
ests, local craftsmen made the chairs and desks from Vermont 
maple and local stonemasons installed the marble and stone. 
Gwathmey conveyed to his audience the care and preci- 
Julia Randall s j on w ith which his team designed this building. “Over time,” 
he said, “it will endure.” 

Heathily dodging the freshman 15 

By Erich Kahner 
Staff Writer 

The first year of college is hard 
on many students, especially 7 when 
it comes to their wallet — and their 
waistline. The debt a student accrues, 
though, is sometimes less worrisome 
than the weight gain. The notorious 
catch-phrase for this weight gain be¬ 
ing the “freshman 15”. 

David Levitsky, Ph.D., a profes¬ 
sor of nutritional sciences and psy¬ 
chology at Cornell University, con¬ 
ducted a benchmark study on weight 

gain in 2002. While many incoming 
first-years contend that the freshman 
fifteen is a myth, something that only 
happens to other people, Levitsky 
discovered otherwise. 

“Significant weight gain during 
the first semester of college is a real 
phenomenon,” said Levistky. His 
study tracked the girth progress of 
60 first-years during their seminal 
semesters at Cornell. On the average, 
these students consumed 174 more 
calories per day than they burned 
off, which led to a half a pound gain 
per week. This means that, at the end 
of the inaugural academic year at 
Middlebury, a student can expect to 
gain, roughly, 15 pounds. 

What causes first-year midsec¬ 
tions to balloon? Levitsky’s study 
catalogs why the weight gain occurs 
and how to avoid it. Unfortunately, 
his advice is something students have 
been hearing (and ignoring) since 
the first keg was tapped. 

The first tip? Eat healthy foods. 
Eschew dessert in favor of fruit. 
Complex carbohydrates reduce crav¬ 
ings and regulate energy levels better 
than simple carbs. Substitute saturat¬ 
ed fats such as beef, pork and poultry, 
for heart-healthy, unsaturated fats 
like fish and nuts. The latter fats help 

stave off hunger and allow for better 
absorption of nutrients. Drink water 
instead of soda or other sugar-laced 
drinks, as water aids in digestion and, 
though calorie-free, gives your brain 
the impression that your stomach is 
full. If you simply cannot kick the 
hamburgers and ice-cream habit, 
then you could always stop drinking, 
or just drink less. (Cue scoffs and 
then disdainful laughter.) 

The average alcoholic bever¬ 
age contains 150 calories. That is 
one beer, shot or glass of wine. The 
typical woman needs to digest 1500 
calories a day to maintain her weight, 
while a man must eat approximately 
2,200 a day. With the prevalence of 
binge drinking on college campuses, 
students often consume a day’s worth 
of calories on a Saturday night. Con¬ 
sidering how The Grille is abuzz 
until 2 a.m. every weekend night 
with impaired brains and stomachs, 
it would appear that many students, 
males and females alike, are routinely 
eating for two. 

Chris Thompson ’05 is only one 
of the students who have experienced 
first-year weight gain. “I gained 22 
pounds in the first year,” Thompson 
said with a bashful smile. “I started 
eating three meals a day, that’s what 

did it. It wasn’t alcohol.” 

Chris ended his first year at one 
155 pounds. “I thought I was fat,” 
he said, “but my relatives thought I 
looked healthier.” 

Thompson, a tennis player in 
high school, gave up the sport when 
he came to College. Many students 
are forced to quit their varsity sports 
when they matriculate. As a result, 
they spend too much time exercis¬ 
ing their brains and too little time on 
their bodies. This problem is easily 
ameliorated. Studies show that only 
30 to 40 minutes of cardiovascular 
exercise, three to four days per week, 
can keep weight off. 

Sex is exercise too, though 
it depends on what you do and 
for how long. Researchers for concluded that 
an activity lasting 20 minutes or lon¬ 
ger that makes the exerciser “sweaty 
or out of breath” constitutes a com¬ 
plete workout. 

The danger of the freshman 
15 number, a relatively harmless 
weight gain, is its ability to become 
a self-fulfilling prophecy. Students 
may view the gain as inevitable and 
do nothing to prevent it. They may 
even embrace it. Witness the heap¬ 
ing plates and trays laden with multi¬ 

colored liquids in Proctor or Ross. 
Students may also overcompensate 
for the specter of the freshman 15 
with calamitous under-eating or 
compulsive exercise. An inadequate 
intake of carbohydrates can limit 
brain function and put undue stress 
on the heart. 

Although the freshman 15 
seems like another daunting obsta¬ 
cle in a long list of collegiate incon¬ 
veniences, there is no reason to fret. 
Conventional wisdom maintains 
that the freshman 15, like any other 
problem, is easily avoidable with 
enough foresight and self-restraint. 
The hackneyed saying — “Success 
lies in moderation” — apparently 
is the key to healthy living. Modera¬ 
tion allows for you to cut loose once 
in a while. See you Saturday night. 


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Library dedication celebrates learning 

By Sonja Pedersen-Green 
Staff Writer 

On Friday, Oct. 8, Middlebury 
College students, staff, faculty, 
town members and alumni gath¬ 
ered to celebrate the opening of the 
new library, as well as to dedicate 
the statue “Garden of the Seasons.” 

The dedication featured sev¬ 
eral speakers including President 
Emeritus John McCardell, Jr. and 
current President Ronald D. Li- 

ebowitz. On behalf of the faculty, 
Professor of Political Science and 
Secretary of the College Eric Davis 
also spoke. 

The event was a celebration 
of books, learning and technology, 
with an emphasis placed on the 
ability of the new facility to adapt 
to any new forms of technology 
human kind might produce. 

The keynote speaker at the 
event was Vartan Gregoria, who 
also received an honorary doctor 

of letters from Middlebury Col¬ 
lege. Gregoria is President of the 
Carnegie Foundation of New York, 
a supporter of the development 
of a new library for Middlebury 

“The Garden of the Seasons,” 
which lies adjacent to the new 
library and was designed by Ver¬ 
mont sculptor Michael Singer, was 
also dedicated. Singer was awarded 
the commission for the library 
garden following a competition in 

2002-2003 that was sponsored by 
the Committee on Art in Public 
Places. According to the College 
Web site, the garden will serve as 
a “designated spot for study, con¬ 
templation and refreshment of 
the senses” (See “New sculpture 
reflects changing seasons,” pg 19). 

The new library in conjunc¬ 
tion with the garden will serve to 
provide Middlebury students with 
ample places to study for the fore¬ 
seeable future. 

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The new library had a captive audience over Homecoming weekend, with the library dedication, Project Bandaloop and President Liebowitz’s inaugu¬ 
ration all taking place on its grounds. Hundreds of members of the College community came to take part in or enjoy these historic events. 

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Trustee meeting looks to future 

By Benjamin Salkowe 
Assistant News Editor 

The fall meeting of the Mid¬ 
dlebury College Board of Trustees, 
occurring Oct. 7-10 at the Bread 
Loaf Campus, was largely devoted 
to inaugural events and orienta¬ 
tion of new trustees. The Board 
also met with the College’s many 
constituencies, including students, 
and discussed potential construc¬ 
tion projects. 

According to Chairman of the 
Board of Trustees Frederick M. 
Fritz ’68, the weekend was event- 
packed. “By Sunday at 2:30 p.m. 
there were a lot of tired trustees,” 
he said. 

In terms of building projects, 
Fritz named the Axinn Center the 
Board’s “number one priority.” 
Despite discussion by the board, 
Proctor renovations were put on 

The trustees also discussed 
early thoughts on President 
Liebowitz’s proposed emphasis on 
the human component of Middle¬ 
bury College, which will become 
part of a larger all-campus discus¬ 
sion in January. 

Highlights of the Meetings: 

— Five new trustees were wel¬ 
comed: Rep. William D. Delahunt 
’63 and Linda Foster Whitton ’80 

(alumni trustees), and Steven B. 
Peterson ’88, Elisabeth B. Robert 
’78 and Dr. Deborah G. Thomas 
’75 (term trustees). 

— The Axinn Center for the 
Humanities was given approval 
to move into design development 
phase after a precise cost-estima¬ 
tion is completed. Planning com¬ 
mittee and architect meetings are 
likely to resume next month. 

— Brainerd-Wonnacott-Proc- 
tor renovation plans, while well 
received, were put on hold for six 
months. This delay will allow for 
the answering of internal program 
questions by college personnel and 


— Discussion of long-term plan¬ 
ning for the College’s next decade 
was begun. The early discussion 
will lead into the creation of a 
committee in January, which will 
consult with all constituencies in 
constructing the goals and aspira¬ 
tions for the future of Middlebury 
College and the Liebowitz presi¬ 

— Other issues: The board briefly 
entertained and discussed “future 
new residential dining halls” as 
well as the possibility of closing 
the campus up to allow for a more 
pedestrian environment. 



College cheers 
inauguration of 

By Myra Palmero and Lisa Zaval 
Staff Writers 

On Oct. 10, several hundred 
members of the Middlebury Col¬ 
lege community gathered outside 
the recently dedicated library for the 
presidential inauguration of Ronald 
D. Liebowitz as Middlebury’s 16th 

The ceremony commenced with 
a procession of professors, adminis¬ 
trators, staff and students dressed in 
academic regalia, as well as 60 col¬ 
lege presidents and delegates from 
colleges across the country. 

Eric Davis, secretary of the Col¬ 
lege and professor of political sci¬ 
ence, welcomed the entire audience, 
including a dozen speakers ranging 
from Student Government Associa¬ 
tion President Andrew Jacobi ’05 to 
the Williams College President Mor¬ 
ton Owen Schapiro. 

Invoking a theme of past meet¬ 
ing present and future, Selectboard 
Chair of the Town of Middlebury 
John Tenny welcomed the new 
president saying, “You are a man 
we have already known well. We 
have the strength of our heritage to 
build on.” 

Jacobi, the only student to 
speak at the ceremony, took the 
opportunity to note the unique re¬ 
lationship of students and adminis¬ 
tration at Middlebury. “Why should 
[we] be surprised when important 
administrators are willing to take 
the time to listen to the opinion of 
a student? At Middlebury College, 
students are used to having input in 
helping to realize shared goals, and 
I am so happy to see that tradition 
continuing under the leadership of 
President Liebowitz,” he said. 

He raised the example of one 
student who successfully influenced 
Dining Services’ menu by her desire 
to see fresh salmon in the dining 

When Morton Schapiro, 
president of Williams College, later 
introduced himself to the crowd, 
he proclaimed that Williams was 
“a school that has always had great 

Schapiro jokingly warned Li¬ 
ebowitz, “Ron, these jobs aren’t easy. 
I’m also a 16th president; it doesn’t 
get any easier.” 

In recognition of the College’s 
intensive language program, the 
nine directors of the language 
schools — German, French, Span¬ 
ish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Chi¬ 
nese, Arabic and Portuguese — each 
congratulated the new President in 
their native language. 

Past and present literally came 
together when the College’s three 
presidents emeriti — James Arm¬ 
strong, Olin Robison, and John Mc- 
Cardell — rose to welcome the new 
President Liebowitz, and presented 
him with a presidential medallion. 
The medallion was commissioned 
by President Emeritus John McCa- 
rdell and his wife Bonnie to replace 
an earlier medallion, which no lon¬ 
ger had room to list the college’s past 

To introduce President Liebow¬ 
itz, the College invited former Pro¬ 
fessor David M. Stameshkin, author 
of a two-volume history of Middle¬ 

bury College, to speak on the his¬ 
torical context of the inauguration. 
Stameshkin spoke on what he called 
Middlebury’s three most defining 
characteristics: being an indepen¬ 
dent college, a coeducational college 
and an institution recognized for 
excellence in language study and 
instruction. In jest to Schapiro, he 
noted that, “salmon or not,” Middle¬ 
bury admitted women well before 
Williams College. 

Stameshkin also jovially wove 
his Hebrew background into his 
speech, proclaiming “B’reishit — in 
the beginning,” to describe the be¬ 
ginning of the school’s history, and 
poignantly ending his speech with 
“B’reishit,” to mark the beginning of 
President Liebowitz’s term as well. 

After receiving the symbolic 
cane of Gamaliel Painter, President 
Liebowitz addressed the audience, 
speaking about the College’s future 
of continuing academic excellence. 
Similar to McCardell, whose speech¬ 
es always reflected a passion for his¬ 
torical study, President Liebowitz’s 
speech revealed his academic back¬ 
ground in political geography. He 
focused on the significance of the 
Middlebury “place,” the “human 
and physical” characteristics that 
influenced the region’s “cultural 

Liebowitz prefaced his speech 
by noting Lilian Stroebes, the Ger¬ 
man professor who first decided to 
begin Middlebury’s intensive sum¬ 
mer language institute in Vermont 
because of its appropriate isolation 
and geographical beauty. He con¬ 
tinued by describing the College’s 
goals of both preserving and further 
promoting Middlebury’s acclaimed 
academic environment in the future. 
With Middlebury progressing into a 
more diverse and stronger College, 
Liebowitz said, “By developing a cul¬ 
ture in which a particular achieve¬ 
ment is viewed across the College as 
an institutional achievement, where 
one department’s success is viewed 
with pride by other departments, we 
will ensure that this College contin¬ 
ues to foster and encourage the Lil¬ 
ian Stroebes of the future.” 

Liebowitz also thanked the 
Chairman of the Board of Trustees 
Rick Fritz ’68, Governor Douglas, 
the presidents emeriti, Presidential 
Search Committee, the College, and 
his wife, Jessica, for supporting his 

In addition to performances 
by the Chamber Singers at mid-cer¬ 
emony, the sporadic interruption of 
chapel and town bells that fill Sun¬ 
day mornings, created unexpected 
background music for the cer¬ 
emony. Michael Collier, Director of 
the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference 
remarked, “It’s Frost being playful.” 

The program ended with a 
flourish of an academic recessional 
to the music of Professor Emeritus 
Emory Fanning playing the organ. 
Following the Ceremony, masses of 
hungry students who had missed 
the Inaugural Day’s 11a.m. campus¬ 
wide dining hall curfew joined in 
the enormous white tent in front of 
Voter for — of all things — salmon. 
Ben Salkowe contributed reporting 
for this article. 

TOP: Andrew Jacobi ’05, president of the Student Government Association, gave a speech welcoming Ronald D. 
Liebowitz as the 16th president of Middlebury College. 

MIDDLE: The Middlebury College Choir, conducted by Jeffrey Rehbach, provided musical interludes during the 
ceremony as students watch the proceedings from Bittner Terrace. 

BOTTOM: Families joined in to celebrate Liebowitz’s inauguration. Despite the chilly morning temperature, all 
in attendence seemed to enjoy the ceremony. Congratulations President Liebowitz! 

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I know people justify their 
quirky cell phone rings with the 
argument, “Oh, all cell phones 
sound the same, I just want some¬ 
thing different so I know when my 
phone is ringing.” Perhaps. But 
when your phone goes off in class, 
not only does everyone learn that 
you are uncouth and inconsiderate 
enough to interrupt a lecture with 
a top-volume, high-pitch chime 
— they also learn that your favorite j 
song is the theme to Lambada (the 
forbidden dance). And this is far too 
much information. 

No one wants to know about 
your musical tastes. If they did, 
they’d ask. But when your phone 
starts ringing, chances are, no one 
is excited to find out you like Rush. 
They didn’t want to know this. And I 
now they do. 

By choosing an obnoxious 
ringtone, you volunteer for the role 
of impromptu DJ. Whenever some¬ 
one calls you, you are in charge of 
surprising all the strangers around 
you with a lucky jingle to lift their 
spirits. Given the wide variety of 
musical tastes, moods, age groups 
and political views of the American 
population, this is an impossible 
task. Your mission to entertain the 
masses is doomed to fail. 

I’d also like to dispel the 
myth that choosing a lousy song is 
somehow cute or clever. David Has- 
selhoff, Abba and Vanilla Ice might 
be amusing for the first three notes, 
but everything after that point is 
downright painful. And then there’s 
the Ode to Joy ring, which makes 
every Christian within an earshot 
feel guilty if they missed church on 

There are other gruesome 
side effects. As everyone within a 
twenty yard radius suffers through 
15 seconds of Daft Punk (covered 
by the same crack squad of musi¬ 
cal geniuses that brought you the 
Mario Brothers theme), “One More 
Time” suddenly becomes a ridicu¬ 
lous soundtrack for watching you 
frantically search your backpack for 
the cell phone. For any bystander, 
it all becomes a depressing Benny 
Hill skit. 

There’s an excellent chance that 
I’m overreacting, but when a ring- 
tone goes off, I feel like someone is 
grabbing me by the ears and forcing 
me to stare at their novelty T-shirt 
for an embarrassingly long stretch 
of time. A ringtone is a tacky self- 
declaration that no one can escape 
until the phone is either answered 
or destroyed. In most cases, I can 
simply look away from a novelty T- 
shirt and its insipid catchphrase, but 
with a ringtone, no matter where 
you turn, the torture continues. 

I’ve gone as far as plugging my 
ears when an atrocious ring begins. 
This offends people. It’s a gesture 
comparable to coughing exag¬ 
geratedly when standing next to a 
smoker in a box office line. I would 
never do that — I can at least see 
the logic behind smoking. However, 
when I hear a Gypsy Kings ringtone, 

I do feel justified in plugging my 
ears and wincing like I just hit my 
funny bone (a similarly awkward 
pain). Sometimes I also stagger and 

By SadasAysegul 
Staff Writer 

Students embrace communi 


If ever you run into a 12-year- 
old in Ross dining hall on a Mon¬ 
day evening, wearing a “New Eng¬ 
land Wrestling” T-shirt, chances 
are that you have come across 
Buck Mitchell, an 8th grader at the 
Middlebury elementary school. 
Buck loves the pizza in Ross and 
comes to eat on Mondays when 
he is hanging out with his friend 
Chris Ahern ’05. 

After dinner, Buck and Chris 
sit down for some ice-cream and 
start talking about their favorite 
things to do together. This par¬ 
ticular evening, Chris and Buck 
have returned from Texas Falls 
where they were playing baseball. 
Buck declares that he is a Yankees 
fan and he and Chris both love the 
game. Buck also mentions sled¬ 
ding on trays and rock climbing 
as other things he likes to do with 
Chris. Chris then adds that he met 
Buck when they were skydiving. 
Buck continues, fully retaining a 
serious facial expression, “Yeah, 
and we didn’t even have para¬ 
chutes.” Their eyes meet and they 
burst out laughing. 

The truth of the matter is 
that Chris and Buck met through 
the Community Friends program 
two years ago. Actually, they were 
not jumping off a plane, but Buck 
does remember that they played 
pool at the Grille and lost to the 

Friends claim to 
enjoy spending 
time outside the 
“College Sphere.” 


Kea Anstey ’05 and Christopher, a pair of Community Friends, enjoy each other’s company every week. 

kid they were playing against. 
They greatly enjoyed each other’s 
company and continued to meet 
up after Chris returned from his 
year abroad. 

The Community Friends of 
Addison County is a volunteer 
program that matches student 
mentors with children aged six to 
12, in Addison County. Mentors 
make a one-year commitment to 
meet up with “their kids” for at 
least two hours a week doing an 
activity that they mutually enjoy. 
There are also monthly events 
— swimming, pizza parties and 
sledding are examples — in which 
participation is optional. Students 
are free to use campus facilities 
with their new friends, such as 
the natatorium, dining halls and 
College vehicles. Most parents are 

willing to drive their children to 
campus, if the student mentor does 
not have a car or wants to meet his 
or her friend on campus. 

Some of the children join the 
program because they are having 
difficulties in school or with their 
families. Others want to explore 
Middlebury and have a friend 
from the College. There are cur¬ 
rently around 85 Middlebury stu¬ 
dents enrolled in the Community 
Friends program with a majority 
of girl pairs, as the matching is 
mostly same gender. There are 
more boys than girls who are wait¬ 
listed at the moment, awaiting 
student volunteers. 

Students interested in apply¬ 
ing for the Community Friends 
Program can ask for an application 
in the Alliance for Civic Engage¬ 

ment Office in McCullough. The 
application process is straightfor¬ 
ward, consisting of a brief appli¬ 
cation form and two references. 
Students are then matched with a 
child in accordance with their hob¬ 
bies and start the program within 
a few weeks of the application 

Students participating in the 
Community Friends program 
express that they enjoy spending 
time outside the “College sphere,” 
with someone from a different age 
group and background. Indeed, 
life on campus may tend to get 
rather monotonous and just a bit 
artificial when restrained to Col¬ 
lege students. Buck arm-wrestling 
Chris in the center of Ross Dining 
Hall is certainly a pleasant change 
of scene for all students. 

Break leads to breakdowns 

Fall break leaves students more stressed out 

— A weekly rant by Aglaya Glebova and Lisie Mehlman 

Fall Break came and went, 
but we can’t move on. Once again 
overwhelmed by 8 a.m. classes, 
midterms and study sessions, we 
cannot help but peek out from un¬ 
derneath the piles of unread books 
our desks have amassed over half a 
week and let out a barely audible, 
but nonetheless expressive sigh. It 
seems as though Fall Break, despite 
being a briefly gratifying experi¬ 
ence, has left us all more stressed 
and deluged with work. 

For those of us who chose the 
unadventurous route of remaining 
on campus, Sunday morning was 
spent battling four-days worth of 
hangover, along with, of course, the 
slightly hazy, but still (how shall we 
put this?) interesting memories of 
the time well-spent. The inordinate 
amounts of work that professors 
have a propensity to assign over 
what the College deems “breaks” 
weighed heavily on our hearts and 
minds. The papers, the readings 
and the take-home exams were 
not conducive to a relaxing vaca¬ 
tion. Thinking about them made us 
reach over for an extra beer, which, 
in turn, made completing these 
tasks that much more difficult. Fall 
Break became a vicious cycle of fun 
late-night gatherings and afternoon 

self-induced guilt trips. It’s easier 
than you’d think to avoid the, um, 
exciting academic endeavors for 
days on end. 

For the homebound Middkid, 
Fall Break was a rather peculiar 
experience. Visiting the folks was 

appreciate the special treats - wax¬ 
ing, manicures, Sports Illustrated 
subscriptions carefully collected 
by your mom, drinking with your 
high-school buddies — it’s just 
that all that travel time, putting 
up with the ’rents’ nagging and the 

wonderful at first, but that cozy, 
home-made-meals-inspired feeling 
wore off quite quickly. It’s amazing 
how the house that once seemed 
large and almost palatial, sud¬ 
denly felt smaller than your single 
in Coffrin. It’s not that you didn’t 

conspicuous absence of your friends 
really took a heavy toll. Some of us 
were ready to head back to Midd 
promptly upon arriving home. 

If you decided to encapsulate 
the college-kid spirit and embarked 
on a four-day rampage in some 

random East Coast or Canadian 
metropolis, we still bet you didn’t 
feel all that pumped at the end of it. 
To begin with, it couldn’t have been 
a four-day scandalous escapade. 
Driving and flying are tiring and 
time-consuming and finding your 
hotel or friend’s place in an unfa¬ 
miliar city is a hellish task that takes 
away precious moments from your 
already too-short vacation. After 
finally finding your accommoda¬ 
tions and relaxing a bit, you decided 
to celebrate in a collegiate manner, 
and either shopped or went out 
until you maxed your credit card. 
But city living yields not only a fi¬ 
nancial, but also an emotional price. 
You may have been tempted to seek 
counseling after waking up to the 
astonishing quietness and the ubiq¬ 
uitous cows that define Vermont 
after hustling down Fifth Avenue. 

To wrap this up, we love Fall 
Break, but are tired as hell. In this of¬ 
ficial plea to administrators, we ask 
not to take us seriously, but keep the 
extra vacation on the schedule. Lisie 
still hasn’t unpacked and Aglaya 
needs to start working away at that 
pile of papers which have accrued 
on her floor. Hope you had a good 
break Oh yeah, did we mention we 
can’t wait for Thanksgiving? 




Stalking: not just a colloquial collegiate term 

Relationships gone wrong lead to invasive behavior on college campuses 

One out of five students 
surveyed at Middlebury ex¬ 
perienced intrusive contact. 

By Cara Lovell 

Staff Writer 

“Hey, are you stalking me or what?” 
This is a question often heard in Proctor, 
but it is usually asked because two buddies 
have run into each other on campus for the 
fourth time that day. Yet, serious stalking 
after the end of a romantic relationship is 
no joke for 20 percent of college students, 
according to a recent Cornell study, which 
surveyed 700 undergraduates at Cornell 
University and the University of Virginia. 
A Middlebury 
survey of 118 
students con¬ 
firmed these 

of the Center 
for Counseling and Human Relations Gary 
Margolis, defined stalking as pursuing an¬ 
other person with intentions to “intimidate, 
control and threaten.” It often includes un¬ 
welcome phone calls, emails or visits. Stalk¬ 
ing can instill fear of physical harm. Twenty 
percent of those in the Cornell study who 
said they had been stalked also said they 
feared physical harm, as did 37.5 percent 
of the victims of stalking in the Middlebury 
poll. A few even mentioned a need for blue 
emergency warning lights on Campus. “If 
someone has received that level of threat, 
it would be important that that statement 
is received compassionately and taken seri¬ 
ously,” said Margolis. 

One out of five students surveyed, both 
at Cornell and Middlebury, experienced 
intrusive contact, and some even feared for 
their safety. “That reality also is terrifying, 
and because it is terrifying I think there is 

sometimes a tendency to keep it at arm’s 
length, or to not quite take it seriously,” said 
Margolis. But it’s serious to those who have 
experienced it. Margolis claimed, “When 
students have come to talk about it, clearly 
they are experiencing a lot of fear and pain 
and anger.” 

Stalking lasted for an average of “many 
months” in the Middlebury survey and an 
average of two months in the Cornell sur¬ 
veys. This has affected subsequent romantic 
relationships for 40 percent of the stalking 
targets in the 
Cornell survey. 
Factors includ¬ 
ing physical 
academic per¬ 
formance, the 
number or quality of friendships, income, 
religious involvement and parenting style 
were not found to relate to one’s probability 
of stalking another partner. In addition, 
males and females were equally likely to 
initiate intrusive contact. 

Students who have experienced stalk¬ 
ing should tell someone they trust about it, 
Margolis said, suggesting Commons Resi¬ 
dential Advisors (CRA), commons deans, 
the Counseling and Human Relations 
Center, Public Safety or the Middlebury 
Police Department as valuable resources. 
Students have come to him in the past with 
concerns about stalking, he said, and they 
do not have to make a formal report to talk 
with counselors. 

While Jeffrey Haugaard, director of the 
Cornell study, dispelled the myth that intru¬ 
sive contact will always stop if ignored, he 
acknowledged that it may be difficult to de¬ 

cide what kind of contact is intrusive. Threats 
and violence are clear signs of unreasonable be¬ 
havior, he stated. He suggested setting clear and 
reasonable limits for contact, communicating 
those limits to the former partner and then fol¬ 
lowing them consistently. For personal safety, 
he recommended staying near other people, 
varying schedules, screening phone calls and 

By Daniel Houghton 

keeping a journal record of contact. 

Stalking is a sign of “great disrespect” in 
a relationship, Margolis stated. He explained 
that threatening behavior may stem from low 
self-esteem, and even prior abandonment 
traumas left unresolved. Stalking may be a 
way for the intruder to “control the pain,” he 

VSO’s Weekend Worksites 
lend a hand in Middlebury 

By Emily Powell 

Staff Writer 

Today’s Middlebury students 
pack their schedules tightly with 
class, work and clubs, not to men¬ 
tion the vital experiencing of col¬ 
lege life. Thus, when it comes to 
volunteering, the thought of yet 
another drain on carefully parceled 
time often works as a deterrent. 
Weekend Worksites help busy stu¬ 
dents fit volunteer opportunities 
into their lives, whether to further 

garnish that impressive resume or 
simply for the joy of giving of one¬ 
self to the community. 

Weekend Worksites are vol¬ 
unteer activities organized by the 
campus Volunteer Services Orga¬ 
nization (VSO). The program en¬ 
courages students to devote week¬ 
ends out of their busy schedules to 
performing services in the town of 

VSO Campus Co-chair Janet 
Fung explains, “The goal of Week¬ 
end Worksites is for students to get 
off campus and do something for 

the greater Middlebury commu¬ 
nity.” The positive side of Week¬ 
end Worksites, according to Fung, 
is a reduced pressure to commit, 
because the majority of events 
happen only once. 

The Weekend Worksites 
program works two ways. VSO 
searches out and organizes volun¬ 
teer projects within the commu¬ 
nity, a hunt headed by the Com¬ 
munity Co-chair Erica Goodman. 
At the same time, the Middlebury 
community can submit volunteer 

requests through the Alliance for 
Civic Engagement Office. Activi¬ 
ties are announced through mail¬ 
ing lists and weekly VSO meetings 
held on Monday evenings at 6:30 
pm in the Mitchell Green Lounge. 

Each year, Weekend Worksites 
organizes several larger commu¬ 
nity events. One such project is the 
Community Breakfast, where vol¬ 
unteers prepare breakfast for the 
elderly at the Middlebury United 
Methodist Church, with perfor¬ 
mances by the various a cappella 

Students participate annually 
in Hunger Cleanup by volunteer¬ 
ing both in town and at the college 
after raising sponsorship money 
for beneficial use toward hunger- 
related issues. Student volunteers 
also help with a yearly food drive 
to support the Addison County 
Community Action Groupo (AC- 

Additionally, the program 
sends out students to volunteer in 
more intimate settings — babysit¬ 
ting at events for parents in the 
elementary school, walking dogs 
at the pet shelter, maintaining the 
Trail Around Middlebury (TAM). 
There is also an array of commu¬ 
nity organizations for volunteers 
to choose from, including Head 
Start, Spirit in Nature, Helen 
Porter Healthcare and Rehabilita¬ 
tion Center and Otter Creek Child 

Weekend Worksites boasts 
thirty-seven members who actively 
participated in the program last 
year. The mailing list is comprised 
of over 100 students, fifteen of 
whom attend the weekly meetings. 

Although Weekend Worksites 
places emphasis on the minimized 
time requirement from its volun¬ 
teers Fung pointed out that, “If 
students’ become interested in a 
specific type of weekend worksite, 
VSO tries to establish a group of 
students that participate weekly.” 
Thus, Weekend Worksites success¬ 
fully achieves its goal of working 
to coordinate volunteer availability 
with in need the Middlebury com¬ 

The goal of Weekend Worksites is 
for students to get off campus and 
do something for the greater Mid¬ 
dlebury Community. 

— Janet Fung, VSO Campus Co-chair 

What’s hot and what’s not on campus and in 
pop culture? The Campus gives its weekly report. 





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Bandaloop delivers off the wall show 

Unique troupe 
takes dance to 
higher level 

By Susan Goehring 
Staff Writer 

Despite high winds, crowds of 
children, faculty, alumni and students 
migrated to Middlebury College’s 
new library on October 9, 10 and 11 
to witness Project Bandaloop’s dance 
performance, “Stories of Gravity 
and Transformation.” During this 
year’s Homecoming/Inauguration 
weekend, the dance group enacted 
a total of five shows honoring the 
dedication of the new library. 

Prior to the show, audience 
members chatted amongst friends, 
sitting in lawn chairs or setting 
up their video cameras. A lively 
soundtrack, provided by the group, 
colored the autumn air as students 
clumped in groups and children 
chased each other amidst grown-up 
legs. An air of eager anticipation 
spread through the crowd as numer¬ 
ous climbing ropes fell from the top 
of the building and swirled in the 
blowing wind. 

From the very first glimpse of 
the red outfits atop the youngest 
building on campus, to the send- 
off message of the grand finale (a 
vibrant cheer of “V-O-T-E”) the 
show proved to be innovative, at¬ 
tractive and visually soothing. The 
seven-person company danced six 
sets, each complete with a varying 
combination of dancers and unique, 
textured soundtrack. An original 
score written by Zachary Carrettin 
and Raymond Granlund, in addition 
to various songs by the French band, 
Gotan Project, created a soundtrack 
of new ag^ and R&B that affixed a 
modern and raw ambience to the 
dance movements. 

Each dancer was harnessed to a 
line, cascading up and down the rear 
facade of the library, adding dance 
movements with gentle thrusts in an 
outward, horizontal motion. As their 
bare feet pushed off from the white 
marble towards the audience, the 
dancers seemed to be moving un¬ 
derwater, in a slower-than-normal 
tempo. Their soft, minimalist move¬ 
ments were somewhat tranquilizing 
in conjunction with the ethereal 
music in the background. “I watch 
and can’t help but sway with them,” 
remarked Stephanie Dosch ’05, who 
attended Saturday’s second show. 
Whether posing statically against 
the wall, spinning upside down or 

dancing a tango-like movement with 
another dancer, Project Bandaloop’s 
performers created a show that awed 
each and every upturned face present 
on the blustery afternoon. 

In their mission statement, Proj¬ 
ect Bandaloop declares their desire to 
celebrate “nature, community and 
the human spirit through dance.” 
Founder and Director of the per¬ 
formances Amelia Rudolph strives 
to enact “ a blend of dance, sport, 
ritual and environmental awareness” 
in each of her pieces. The simplistic, 
contemporary style of dance success¬ 
fully acts as a unifying agent for these 

Since Project Bandaloop’s 
founding in 1996, the company has 
performed at a number of magnifi¬ 
cent sites. They have merged their 
art with monumental natural locales 
such as the Sierra Nevada mountain 
range and Yosemite National Park. 
Although the rounded rear facade 
of the College’s new library may not 
take the cake for their most exotic 
performance venue, the amalgama¬ 
tion of sport, art and nature certainly 
was powerfully portrayed and en- 
joyably embraced by the audience 

When questioned about the 
gusty wind’s effect on the perfor¬ 
mance and the dancers themselves, 
troop member Rachael Lincoln 
explained that it was merely a “small 
factor.” Lincoln elaborated that the 
adjustment was an increased aware¬ 
ness in the timing of their moves. 

Project Bandaloop performed a total of five times 
the weekend of President Liebowitz’s inaugura¬ 
tion and the New Library’s dedication. They will 
be appearing on the “Late Show with David Let- 
terman” on Nov. 9. 

Sixiao Huo 

Brother & sister duo unite violin and piano 

By Zoey Burrows 
Staff Writer 

To add to the splendor of the 
President’s Inauguration weekend, 
violinist Kirill Troussov and his 
sister, pianist Alexandra Troussov, 
wowed an audience in the Center 
for the Arts Concert Hall Saturday, 
Oct. 9. 

The concert lasted only an hour 
and was the more powerful for it. 
It commenced with romantic com¬ 
posers Brahms’ and Prokofiev’s mel¬ 
ancholic yet very substantive music 
and then slipped back in time with 
Nicolo Paganini’s Caprice No. 24. 

Of particular interest was the 
last piece played “Love’s Sorrow,” 
composed by Fritz Kreisler. Upon 

the President Liebowitz’s request, it 
was added to the program because it 
had been played on his and his wife 
Jessica’s wedding day. A piece famil¬ 
iar to many, its sweet melody evoked 
emotions of deep sobriety, but also 
of growth and beauty. 

The duo also played Katcha- 
turian’s “Saber Dance,” a catchy 
encore piece that immeadiately 
calls to mind the fast-paced action 
of a sword fight. It was replete with 
virtuosic pizzicato from both right 
and left hands and an odd motion 
of the violin bow that produced 
a sound somewhat like that 'of a 

In an interview with the Trous¬ 
sov siblings the day prior to the con¬ 
cert, The Middlebury Campus asked 

them about life as young musical 
virtuosos and siblings. 

Russian-born but having lived 
most of their lives in Germany, 
Kirill and his older sister Alexandra 
have toured in Europe extensively 
and are now beginning to tour 
the United States after the recent 
release of their first EMI recording 
of Brahms and Beethoven sonatas 
with Columbia Artists in New York. 
While Kirill said that this tour was 
only his second time to the States, 
Alexandra boasted that it was her 
fourth time. 

Born into a musical family, the 
brother/sister duo began playing 
their respective instruments at ages 
four and five. They realized that 
music was going to be a big part of 

their lives when they began attend¬ 
ing a specialist school, the Rimsky 
Korsakov Conservatory in St. Pe¬ 
tersburg, Russia. 

When asked how it is different 
playing with each other as opposed 
to with strangers, Alexandra ex¬ 
plained, “Since we’re from the same 
blood, we’ve grown into it.” Kirill 
added, “Alexandra knows what I’m 
going to do and I know what she’s 
going to do.” 

Although they agreed that all 
audiences tend to be appreciative, 
Kirill noted, “The American public 
is very open and warm, following 
each phrase.” They laughed, remi¬ 
niscing that in Europe they are often 
asked, “Whose audience is better, 
Austria’s or France’s?” 


New sculpture reflects changing seasons 

Robert Mohr 

Vermont sculptor Michael Singer addresses a crowd of art lovers at the dedication of his “Garden of the Seasons.” 

By Edward Pickering_ 

Arts Editor 

Vermont sculptor Michael Singer’s “Garden of the Sea¬ 
sons,” located adjacent the new library, was dedicated on site 
Friday, Oct. 8. The afternoon dedication marked the final 
event in the day-long dedication of the new library. 

A sculptural work that incorporates running water and 
native Vermont plants, Singer’s work responds to the chang¬ 
ing of the seasons. The piece’s focus is a vertical metal screen, 
6x14 feet, which will serve in the warmer months as a trellis 
for indigenous Vermont plants. In the winter dripping water 
will create a sheet of ice. Behind the trellis, a semicircular 
stone bench fronts the Green Mountains and a submerged 
metal basin awaits the plantings that will fill it. The ensemble 
is bordered by a rock-studded stream bed that articulates 
an arc against the side of the new library. The area enclosed 
within the arc will be planted with grasses and wildflowers. 

Singer was chosen from among a number of artists in a 
competition held by the Committee on Art in Public Places 
(CAPP), a body formed almost 10 years ago to oversee the 
decoration of every new building on campus with artwork 
equaling one percent of the cost of the building itself. Mem¬ 
ber of the Board of Trustees Robert Graham ’63, who spoke 
after College President Ronald Liebowitz, called the decision 
to create CAPP “momentous” Richard Saunders, chair of 

CAPP and the third speaker, noted that fewer than 10 col¬ 
leges and universities nationwide have such a policy. CAPP, 
he continued, was unanimous in its support of Singer. 

Liebowitz opened the dedication by posing the ques¬ 
tion, “What strategic purpose do visual arts provide our 
undergraduates?” He then declared that “support for arts has 
wavered nationwide.” He answered his own question, and 
reemphasized the College’s commitment to the visual arts, 
by referring to the piece itself, which “encourages students 
to be inquisitive, thoughtful and reflective.” The piece does 
not lend itself to immediate comprehension, but demands 
extended study. In this sense, Liebowitz concluded, the sculp¬ 
ture serves as a metaphor for a Middlebury education — one 
in which learning is continuous. Graham echoed Liebowitz’s 
words, saying of the piece, “Its creation is consistent with the 
belief that education extends beyond the classroom.” 

Singer, the last to speak, kept his comments brief. He 
thanked those who helped him and asserted that the dedica¬ 
tion was a celebration of both “culture and nature.” Singer, 
a graduate of Cornell University and recipient of fellow¬ 
ships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National 
Endowment for the Arts, was awarded the commission for 
the sculpture in 2003-2003. In 1996 he received the Vermont 
State Governor’s Award for the Arts from then Governor 
Howard Dean. 

Pianist revisits Holocaust 

By Hans Manzke 
Staff Writer 

An audience of just over 20 had the pleasure of expe¬ 
riencing the music of four little-known Czech composers 
as interpreted by pianist Paul Orgel Tuesday, Oct. 12. All 
imprisoned in the concentration camp Terezin during the 
Second World War, Pavel Haas, Karel Berman, Gideon Klein 
and Viktor Ullmann participated in Terezin’s musical scene. 
Inmates were allowed to pursue both composition and per¬ 

While Terezin was not a death 
camp, the brutality of the concentra¬ 
tion camp cannot be overlooked. One- 
third of the 100,000 inmates who ar¬ 
rived at Terezin died within the camp’s 
walls, a testament to the widespread 
and systematic cruelty employed by the 
Nazis, and the deplorable conditions 
of the the camp. Orgel’s performance 
served as a mirror through which these 
four inmate/composers channeled 
their inner strife, fear, despair and hope for an end to their 
suffering. Their music simultaneously looks back to their 
lives before their ordeal and forward to their future lives. 

Orgel’s performance involved both short lectures and 
actual playing. While the music spoke for itself, Orgel’s 
explanations were ellucidating. His ability to express both 
himself and the feeling within the music was impressive. 
Quoting Kafka as an insight into these composers’ creations, 
he stated, “No one sings as sweetly as those in the deepest 
Hell.” He began with Haas’ “Suite for Piano,” a work that 
presents a musical interpretation of a glimpse into Hell. 
Rife with dissident chords, brief staccato notes and bale¬ 
ful, slow phrases, the music was heightened by Orgal’s 
emotional handling of the instrument. The result was an 

effective conveyance of a heavy, foreboding mood. Chords 
and chaos dominate the piece — one without a defined or 
distinct “voice.” Perhaps Haas’ unifying theme lies in the 
mock sprightliness with which he delivers his piece, mask¬ 
ing a buried sense of tragedy. The music often runs, but it 
is the running of a man desperately fleeing, not one hoping 
to attain. 

Berman’s “Reminiscences”— a musical autobiography 
of the composer’s life — followed. Invaluable both musi¬ 
cally and historically, it chronicles what 
he believed to be the stages of his life, 
an intensely personal and rare look 
into an inmate’s experience during the 
years of Nazi dominance. Beginning 
with “Youth,” Orgel moved onto “Fam¬ 
ily-Home.” The pieces that followed 

— “March 15, 1939-Occupation,” “Fac- 
tory-Germany,” “Auschwitz-Corpse 
Factory,” “Typhus in the Kauffering 
Concentration Camp” and “Alone” 

— offered a free-ranging picture of 
inhumanity. Orgel allowed the music to take center stage, 
interpreting the work with a true sense of pathos. 

Berman finished the suite with “New Life,” a musical 
portrait of a man searching for meaning and purpose. The 
end result allows the audience to conclude that while the 
physical trauma may have healed, his experience in concen¬ 
tration camps changed his life forever. 

As Orgel explained in his lecture, Terezin nurtured mu¬ 
sical form, but eradicated matter. The program incorporated 
a wide range of musical presentation and emotion, ranging 
from a buoyant sense of optimism and nostalgia to a foggy, 
atonal representation of terror and hopelessness. Orgel ac¬ 
complished an exceedingly difficult task — interpreting and 
presenting music that contains a very specific purpose. 

Orgel’s ability to 
express both himself 
and the feeling 
within the music 
was impressive. 

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No album in music history has been more anticipated, 
garnered more speculation and remained more enigmatic 
than Brian Wilson’s “Smile.” Finally completed and released 
on Nonesuch records this fall, “Smile” lays to rest 37 years of 
rumors and brings the legend to life. Ten, five or even three 
years ago, anyone would have told you that the possibility of 
“Smile” being completed was wishful thinking at best, given 
Brian Wilson’s wavering mental state and generally vapid solo 

What is “Smile,” you ask? I’m sure you’re familiar with 
Beach Boy mastermind Brian Wilson. The story of this 
album dates back to 1966, as Wilson began crafting the fol¬ 
low-up to the Beach Boys’ masterpiece “Pet Sounds.” The 
Beach Boys — or Wilson more specifically — were part of 
an intense rivalry with The Beatles during these years. “Pet 
Sounds” was Wilson’s answer to “Revolver,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s 
Lonely Hearts Club Band” was The Beatles’ response to 
“Pet Sounds.” Wilson slaved over “Smile” for months, hiring 
avant-garde lyricist Van Dyke Parks and alienating many of 
his bandmates with his drug-induced weirdness. Expecta¬ 
tions soared, as “Smile” was rumored to be as large a leap 
from “Pet Sounds” as that album was from “The Beach Boys 
Today!” — which is to say, massive. But Wilson was crushed 
when he heard “Sgt. Peppers,” and quickly resigned himself 
to the fact that the album could not be topped. This resigna¬ 
tion, as well as an escalating amount of drug use and the 
sheer ambition of “Smile,” resulted in a colossal nervous 
breakdown for Wilson. The album was shelved and the Beach 
Boys scrambled to record another less ambitious album with 
Wilson in such a fragile state, beginning a steady decline into 
obscurity and mediocrity punctuated by best-selling com¬ 
pilations. Certain finished songs from the “Smile” sessions 
made it onto late 60s/early 70s Beach Boys albums, most 
notably “Good Vibrations.” But only bootlegs and fragments 
of the remaining tracks existed, and Wilson never strung 
these fragments together, leaving many only to wonder what 
could have been. 

For years, “Smile” lay on the shelves while the rumors 
abounded. Many claimed that it would top anything the 
Beatles ever recorded. Music purists traded “Smile” bootlegs 
for years, and Capitol Records even released a haphazard 
version of the album as part of the extensive “Good Vibra¬ 
tions” box set in the 90s. Then came the announcemer t 
that Wilson would release “Smile” late in 2004. The catch? 
Rather than use the original tapes, Wilson planned to re¬ 
record the album with his current backing band (i.e. not 
the Beach Boys). At first, this was a disheartening piece of 
information, given Wilson’s worn voice and dull solo offer¬ 
ings, but the reality of the situation is that the 2004 version 
of “Smile” sounds absolutely amazing. Wilson was smart 
enough to record the album using the same equipment the 
Beach Boys used back in 1967 for the original recordings. 
Naturally, Wilson’s voice is nowhere near the sweet falsetto 
heard on “Caroline No” so many years before, but he sings 
in top form here. Does “Smile” live up to the legend behind 
it? No. It’s a majestic and beautiful album, full of some of 
the richest harmonies and prettiest melodies that you’ll ever 
hear, but it certainly isn’t a massive leap forward from “Pet 
Sounds” (which remains encased in its beautiful, timeless 
60s cocoon), nor does it top the Beatles’ finest moments. 

But we also have to keep in mind that we’re hearing a 
“Smile” assembled by 62-year-old Brian Wilson rather than 
a 25-year-old Brian Wilson. As it stands now, “Pet Sounds” 
still remains the Beach Boys’ crowning moment, and 
“Smile” is an essential, wonderful addition to Brian Wilson’s 
oeuvre — and is certainly the highlight of his solo career. 








“South Park” creators Trey Parker and 
Matt Stone have brought us yet another 
ridiculous movie in “Team America: World 
Police.” Fans will immediately recognize the 
style, the humor and the voices in “Team 
America.” But let me make one thing clear 
— this is not “South Park.” 

For one, the construction paper young¬ 
sters we’ve come to know and love have been 
replaced by a bad-ass team of marionettes. 
Pure satire, “Team America” goes right along 
with the current trend of getting news from 
comic sources like “The Daily Show,” and 
attacks the war on terror, liberal Hollywood, 
Arabs, North Koreans and just about every 
other group it mentions. On the eve of an 
election, it is very relevant, highly political 
and extremely politically incorrect. 

The movie opens in Paris, where Osama 
Bin Laden and three other “terrorists” are ex¬ 
changing weapons of mass destruction. Just 
in the nick of time, Team America shows up 
to retrieve the WMDs, but destroys half of 
Paris in the process. When one of the Team 
members is killed, they recruit Broadway 
star Gary Johnston to “act” his way into and 
out of sticky situations. 

Villainous Saddam Hussein has been 
shelved in favor of Kim Jong II, who sounds 
an awful lot like Eric Cartman. The North 
Korean dictator plans “9/11 times 1000, or 
911,000.” To stop him, Team America races 
around the globe from their base inside Mt. 
Rushmore to Cairo, Korea and beyond in 
their overly patriotic fighter jets, submarines, 
Hummers and motorcycles. 

But the real satiric blows come to 
liberal Hollywood actors like Alec Baldwin, 
Susan Sarandon, Janeane Garofalo and 
Matt Damon, who is portrayed as being so 
stupid that all he can say is his own name. 
Michael Moore is depicted as an overeating 
fanatic who resorts to suicide bombing (with 
gross-out effects, of course). The whole 
movie is one big dig at every movie Jerry 
Bruckheimer has made — especially “Pearl 

Obvious references to James Bond, “Star 
Wars,’’“The Matrix,”“Kill Bill Vol.l,”“X- 
Men” and of course “Pearl Harbor,” among 
others, make “Team America” an action flick 
gone haywire, which means there’s some¬ 
thing for everyone — well, almost. “Team 
America” is just as lewd as the “South Park” 
movie, if not more so. In fact, the puppet 
love scene had to be edited to bring the NC- 
17 rating down to an R. And not everyone 
will appreciate a marionette vomiting for 
about two minutes straight. 

Furthermore, not all of the satire is 
negative. Parker and Stone make a distinc¬ 
tion between the terrorists, who want to 
purposely destroy important monuments, 
and Team America, which does it accidental¬ 
ly through their haphazard combat. And the 
climactic speech, unquotable here because 
of its graphic anatomical references, makes 
a cogent and persuasive case for American 
military power. 

If taken with a grain of salt, a little 
patience and a big sense of humor, “Team 
America” just might have something to offer. 

Now and then: Vermont in 1904 

By Chris Grosso 
Senior Staff Writer 

Museum and curatorial studies are a sub¬ 
specialty of the Art History discipline. Whereas 
art history is dedicated to the study of the vi¬ 
sual arts, museum and curatorial explorations 
focus on ways of presenting such research to 
the public. It is a field that requires diligence, 
creativity and knowledge. Exhibitions must 
invite visitors to embrace the displayed works, 
synthesize and integrate them into their own 
lives. To compose such a setting is a remark¬ 
able feat. To do it as an undergraduate is even 
more unusual 

The Middlebury Campus spotlights one 
of the student curators of the “Vermont in 
1904: A Photographic Portrait” exhibition 
— Marissa Williamson ’05. With assistance 
from students enrolled in Walter Cerf Distin¬ 
guished College Professor Richard Saunder’s 
Art Museums: Theory and Practice course and 
Diana S. Harya ’04, Williamson, a History of 
Art major, developed, organized and presented 
an introspective on amateur photography 
in Vermont at the turn-of-the-century. The 
photographs were taken by Adolph B. Lane 
(1877-1942) of Barre,Vt. 

The Middlebury Campus: Where did the idea 
for the exhibition originate? 

Marissa Williamson: This show came about 
when Richard found negatives at a local auc¬ 
tion. He bought them not really knowing 
much about them other than they were by 
a Vermont amateur photographer from the 
turn-of-the-century. It was a really exciting 
time in Vermont and a really exciting time 
for photography. The technology was just be¬ 
coming available and accessible to the public. 
[Richard’s discovery] was a great find. 

The Campus: Professor Saunders was teaching 
his Museum Studies course at the time and of¬ 
fered the project to the class, right? 

MW: Yes, I was in that class with Cisca [Harya]. 
Together we went through the 200 negatives, 
and we had to choose 20 photographs that had 
to be included in the exhibition. 

At the beginning of the summer [of 2003], 
Cisca and I were both interns at the Museum. 

Richard asked me if I would be interested 
in doing a 500 project with him. Basically I 
would be curating the exhibition. I obviously 
jumped at the chance, and Cisca shortly there¬ 
after jumped on board. It was really a unique 

The Campus: How did you begin? 

MW: Last fall, we started the 500 project. 
We reviewed the images again and nar¬ 
rowed down the collection. We then started 
researching each photograph. Some turned 
out to be more interesting then we ever 
thought. One photograph in particular, “The 
Mountain King,” which depicts a locomotive, 
stands out in that sense. The composition is 
great but the quality of the negative was poor. 
There is a big ink blot in the print because the 
negative was really damaged. “The Mountain 
King” turned out to be a very interesting 
image. The locomotive represented one of 
the first of the Barre railroads, and through 
extensive research, we discovered the train’s 

The Campus: What was the most difficult 
part of the curatorial experience? 

MW: We had to write the labels, which is 
quite a process. We would have five pages of 
research and notes for one image. But labels 
can only be between 150 and 200 words. It 
was really difficult. We needed to cram so 
much information into a small, short, concise 
and, of course, well-written paragraph. That 
was one of the biggest learning experiences. 
It really fine tuned my writing though. 

From the very beginning we were in¬ 
volved in the nitty gritty of the exhibition. 
We chose the colors of the walls. We wanted 
to evoke a certain feeling. We looked into the 

framing, the matting, how to print, the colors, 
the tones, the sizes and the layout of the room. 
We were involved in every step of the process 
and made the decisions working very closely 
with Richard and Kenneth Pullman, the exhibi¬ 
tion designer. 

The Campus: Was A.B. Lane a well-documented 
person? How did you research the photo¬ 

MW: Yes and no. Most of his subjects were 
friends and family. All of his descendents are 
either uninterested or don’t really know much 
^bout him. He graduated from Dartmouth 
and then worked in construction with his 
father. Other than that we didn’t really find 
much information about Lane. He was a local 
Vermonter. The exhibition focused on him as 
an amateur rather than him as a person. This 
was the premise of the exhibition. He was not a. 
big name photographer. He was amateur taking 
pictures of his family and friends. 

The Campus: When you first engaged in this 
project, you must have had an idea of your fi¬ 
nal product. Did the exhibition turn out as you 

MW: When Richard presented me with the 
project, I had no idea what I was getting into. 
I didn’t know how much work was going to be 
involved. Now I walk by the gallery everyday 
— and it’s kind of like my baby. The exhibition 
took shape as we were developing it. 

The Campus: What was the most fulfilling or 
favorite part of your curatorial experience? 

MW: The entire thing was my favorite. It was an 
amazing experience. Carrying out the research 
and writing the labels, although difficult — it 
was amazing to be totally immersed in such a 
study. I love to write. It was more reward than it 
could be for other people. To cut down from 200 
images to 20 — to have a say in what was going 
to be put up on the museum wall — was amaz¬ 
ing and empowering. This summer when the 
walls were being painted and the photographs 
were coming in after being printed, framed, and 
matted was incredible. They started to get hung 
up on the walls along with the text. When I 
walked into the room one day, I thought, “Wow, 
I did this!” It was such an amazing feeling. That 
was the coolest part about it. 

The Campus: I hope when visitors attend the 
show that they observe every work. If you had 
to recommend one photograph to be viewed 
closely, which image would you pick? 

MW: My favorite is the family portrait, “Charles 
Scott’s Family.” The mother and father are sit¬ 
ting on the steps of their summer home with all 
their children. The children are clearly enjoying 
their day on vacation. They are so full of expres¬ 
sion and life. You really get a sense of their per¬ 
sonalities. I think this is one of Lane’s best. The 
composition is interesting. It’s amazing because 
up until that point photographic portraits were 
taken only in studios — so formal and the ex¬ 
posure times were so long that people were put 
into braces. This image captures how portrai¬ 
tures were changing at the time. 

The Campus: Thank you for speaking to The 
Middlebury Campus. Good luck! 

MW: Thanks. 

Sixiao Huo 

Curator Marissa Williamson ’05 chose from among 200 negatives in assembling the exhibit. 




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By Sarah Luehrman 
Staff Writer 

The Panther volleyball team 
entered the final two weeks of their 
season having had their share of 
ups and downs. Since the begin¬ 
ning of October, they have won 
four matches and lost three, bring¬ 
ing their season record to 14-8 
overall. They are tied for second 
in NESCAC with a 7-1 conference 

“[This] is a great place to be, 
but we are striving to be playing our 
best as the season goes on, and we 
still have some work to do to reach 
that goal, 1 ” commented Head Coach 
Sarah Raunecker. 

Middlebury broke a five game 
losing streak with three straight 
wins at the NESCAC tournament 
October 8th and 9th, boosting their 
conference record to 6-0. They 
made their presence known right 
away at Trinity with a 3-0 shutout 
against Wesleyan. 

The Panthers then moved on 
to defeat host Trinity on the sec¬ 
ond day in a hard fought five game 
showdown. The lead jumped from 
team to team, with Middlebury tak¬ 
ing the first game 30-28, Trinity the 
second 27-30 and Middlebury the 
third 30-28. 

Scores remained tight through¬ 
out, especially during the suspense¬ 
ful fourth game that Trinity won 
31-33. With the match score tied at 
2-2, the Panthers faced the Bantams 

for an intense fifth game and won 
15-10. The long game boosted 
Middlebury’s stats, adding 17 kills 
to first-year Lexie Fisher's record 
and three blocks for Katy Hicks 

The final challenge of the 
weekend was Connecticut College, 
whom Middlebury played later the 
same day. The Panthers rallied to 
sweep the Camels in three games, 
winning the first game 30-22, the 
second 30-23 and the third 30-26. 
Overall, the weekend was a success¬ 
ful one for Middlebury. 

Raunecker commented that the 
team is “in a very good place as far 
as where we're likely to be seeded 
for the tournament,” but that they 
had not yet reached their full play¬ 
ing potential. They are still work¬ 
ing on consistency and defense. 

“When we’re good, we’re very 
good,” she says, “but it’s the incon¬ 
sistency that hurts us sometimes.” 

The Panthers were on the road 
again less than a week after the 
tournament to play Colby-Sawyer 
in New Hampshire, where they 
dropped a tough five set match 3-2. 

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margin of only two points, marking 
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Middlebury won the first and third 
game 30-28, but after winning game 
two 16-30, Colby-Sawyer pulled off 
two close victories in a row in the 
fourth and fifth games, 30-32 and 
13-15 to take the match. 

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Wollin '05 played strong defense, 
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20th then will travel to Smith on 
October 22nd for the Hall of Fame 
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Golfers Women ruggers struggle with D-II 

Albert Bitici 

The women’s rugby club takes the field against Norwich for the only 
home game of the season. 

to finish 

By (ason Lockhart 
Staff Writer 

After finishing fourth behind 
three Massachusetts rivals, the 
women’s golf team had a choice: 
they could end the season by sitting 
back and succumbing to the same 
competition, or step up and take 
control of the last tournament of 
the season. They chose the latter, 
resulting in a first place finish at the 
Williams Columbus Day Tourna¬ 
ment. On the same weekend, the 
men traveled to Hamilton to play 
at the Shenendoah Invitational and 
finished in fifth place. 

The women’s team knew that 
there was little expectation coming 
into the Williams tournament since 
they knew they had not played up 
to par at Wellesley. “We couldn’t be 
any worse than last weekend,” said 
first-year Karen Levin who placed 
second at the Williams one-day 
tournament with a round of 78. 

They also knew that they could 
work off of their prior success as 
motivation. “I knew that we were 
all good competitors, and good 
competitors usually bounce back 
and play better when they’ve had a 
rough round of golf,” Levin said. 

The team did just that, plac¬ 
ing first, second and third at its 
final tournament of the season with 
scores of 76 by first-year Tory Mac- 
Neil, 78 by Levin and 80 by captain 
Heather Gallagher ’07. “I was happy 
everyone played well so that we 
could all celebrate without anyone 
feeling left out,” said MacNeil. 

The tournament consisted of 
two competitors from the Wellesley 
Invitational, as well as Wellesley, 
who finished first at their own 
tournament — 31 strokes ahead of 
Middlebury. The Williams tourna¬ 
ment saw a dramatic change in for¬ 
tune for Middlebury, who defeated 
Wellesley by 16 strokes. 

“We definitely stepped it up to 
a new level and we want to stay at 
the level and keep building on that. 
It was very important to end the fall 
season on a good note because we 
sent a message to all the teams that 
we are ready to compete,” Levin said 
the team’s excitement about the suc¬ 
cessful season. 

One state over in New York, 
the men traveled to Hamilton dur¬ 
ing the same weekend and placed 
fifth amongst a strong competition 
including NESCAC champion Wil¬ 
liams and runner-up Hamilton. 

George Bauman ’08 led the way 
for the male Panthers with a two- 
day total of 153 — good enough 
for fourth overall. Also putting up 
quality scores for the Panthers were 
Chad Bellmare ’07, Jay Yonamine 
’07 and Mitch St. Peter ’06 each 
of whom shot under 170 for their 
combined rounds. 

The men’s team traveled to 
Brewster, Mass, this past weekend 
to compete at the New England Golf 
Intercollegiate Association Champi¬ 
onship. The results were not avail¬ 
able by press time. 

By Eri Nosaka 
Staff Writer 

Despite what might have 
been an unsuccessful homecom¬ 
ing weekend, the women’s rugby 
team defeated Norwich Academy 
on Oct. 9. With a close score of 
18-15, the team received a boost in 
its rankings, giving it a slot in the 
championship tournament at the 
end of the season. 

Being the first and only game 
on the home field, the team an¬ 
ticipated a fierce and tough game 
against Norwich. Although there 
was only a small crowd watching 
the game, it was obvious to ev¬ 
eryone that the rugby team played 

“It was a tough game and they 
definitely gave us a run for our 
money. Their scrum was strong 
and good, so it took us a while for 
us to figure out what was going 
on. It was like a ping pong match 
throughout the entire game, but 
it was our strongest game and we 
really stepped up the level of play¬ 
ing,” said Johanna Riesel ’05. 

Despite being a fairly young 
team, it was evident that the nov¬ 
ice players had quickly learned the 
workings of the sport of rugby. 
However, the scorers and major 
contributors of the game were 
Chloe Nielson ’07, Maria Dick¬ 
inson ’07, Colleen Sullivan ’07, 
Johanna Riesel ’05 and Katharine 
Reeve ’05. 

With a successful game against 
Norwich, the Middlebury team can 
be considered one of the strong 

While the Middlebury College 
crew team may be small and rela¬ 
tively young because of the loss of 
10 graduated seniors, the success 
of its first two regattas shows that 
it refuses to remain unnoticed this 

Competing against power¬ 
houses such as Harvard, Yale, Dart¬ 
mouth and Brown in their season 
opener at the Stonehurst Capital 
Invitational Regatta in Rochester, 
NY, both the men and women’s 
varsity teams ended their races 
with a strong finish, exceeding ex¬ 

The women, who competed in 
both the Open Fours and the Open 
Eights, had every right to be pleased 
with their results. “The race gave us 
a fantastic starting point for the 
rest of the season,” said captain and 
stroke Sara Hayes ’05. The women’s 
eight, consisting of Hayes, Mer¬ 
edith Coburn ’07.5, Devyn Young 
’07, Anna Eisenstein ’07, Kathryn 
Babin ’07, Emily Loesche ’05, Sarah 
Calvert ’08, Rebecca Hollewijn ’07 
and coxswain Camden Burton ’06, 
secured a solid finish placing 17th 
out of 25 boats. 

The women’s four, made up 
of stroke Sharai Lewis-Gruss ’07, 
Miko Heller ’07.5, Lauren Nazar- 
ian ’07, Beth Chatelain ’07 and 
coxswain Olivia Bailey ’07, also fin¬ 
ished strong, achieving 10th place 
out of 18 boats. 

Consisting of only five sopho¬ 
more members, stroke Matt Gris¬ 
wold ’07.5, captain Neil D'Astolfo 
’07.5, Dave Wood ’07.5, Stuart 
Hurt ’07 and coxswain Brooke Ad- 

contenders for the championship 

But as the cliche “all good 
things must come to an end” goes, 
the women’s rugby team ended its 
winning streak with a loss against 
Plymouth State University this past 
Saturday. The women’s rugby team 
received a brutal beating, which 
ended as a 0-68 loss. 

With five major players out 
due to injuries from the pervious 
game against Norwich, Plymouth 
State physically and mentally dom¬ 
inated the Middlebury team from 
the beginning of the game. 

But despite starting off in a 
shaky manner, the team was able to 
hold off Plymouth State by utiliz¬ 
ing a strong defense. 

“We had a lot of new play¬ 
ers out playing because a lot of 
people were injured, but by the 
end of the game there was definite 
improvement. There were a lot of 
good plays and tackles that I think 
helped us a lot,” said Chloe Nielson 

This game marked the first 
time that this team has played at 
the Division II level, which makes 
it no surprise that the players were 
mentally unprepared going into 
this game against one of the stron¬ 
gest teams in the Division. 

“Although we didn’t win, it was 
a good learning experience. I think 
we went in there with the wrong 
mentality, and their team just basi¬ 
cally took it right to us. By the time 
we realized what was going on, 
we had dug ourselves a big hole. 
However, 1 think we will be fine for 

ams ’07, the men’s team confirmed 
that age definitely does not matter 
through their performance in the 
Open Fours in Rochester. While the 
team was not expecting to place in 
the top 10 due to the fact that most 
of its members barely have a full 
year of experience, the Panthers 
surprised both themselves and 
spectators when they finished ninth 
out of 17 boats. 

According to Adams, another 
goal that the men’s team did not 
believe would be completed in their 
first regatta was beating Williams, 
who beat them by 200ths of a sec¬ 
ond in a 2K sprint last season. 

The Panthers upheld their 

the game against the University of 
Vermont,” Kate Nerenberg ’05 said 
about what needed improvement. 
This coming Saturday the 

strength in their second regatta at 
the New Hampshire Champion¬ 
ships in Pembroke, NH by working 
just as hard as they did in Rochester. 
“We made a definite statement to 
the rest of the rowing community 
— expect big things from the little 
team with cow oars,” said Burton 
on the last regatta. 

The women, competing once 
again in the Open Fours and the 
Open Eights, celebrated another 
firm finish. While the times of the 
women’s four were not available 
at press time, the women’s eight 
placed 17th out of 32 boats. 

The men also turned in a solid 
performance. In a staggered start 

women will play at University of 
Vermont, and if they win, they will 
be ranked second in the division 
going into the tournament. 

situation, the men’s four managed 
to pass two boats in their race and 
take seventh place out of 16 boats, 
which is quite an impressive feat. 
The men also raced a double, con¬ 
sisting of Ricky Klein ’07 and Dave 
Walker ’07, which also finished 

The following two weekends 
should prove to be rewarding for 
both the men and the women as 
they make their way to Boston for 
the Head of the Charles, one of the 
most prominent rowing competi¬ 
tions within the nation, and close 
their season at the Head of the Fish, 
where the novice will join them for 
the first time. 

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The men’s team puts in a noteworthy performance in the Open Fours at Rochester. 


Crew makes waves at two regattas 

By Noor Puthawala 
Staff Writer 




Women’s soccer tops standings 

Team ranked 14th in the nation with 8-0-2 record 

By Simon Behan 

Staff Writer 

Albert Bitici 

Laura Kwoh ’07 battles an Amherst opponent for the ball in the double overtime 0-0 tie. 

The Middlebury Panthers 
women’s soccer team, off to their 
fastest start in many years, sits 
steadily on top of the NESCAC 
standings with a record of 8-0-2 
overall and 5-0-2 in conference 

With wins over Green Moun¬ 
tain and Williams and a tie against 
Amherst during the past fortnight, 
the ladies were rewarded with a na¬ 
tional ranking for the first time this 
season. The latest Division III polls 
have the Panthers slotted at No. 14 
following the squads run of impres¬ 
sive results. 

Amherst, in second place in 
the NESCAC standings, traveled to 
Middlebury looking to gain some 
ground on the Panthers. 

It was evident that each team 
knew how important the game was, 
as neither side wanted to give much 
away. The game itself was a tight 
affair, and from the outset it was 
apparent that each team had their 
minds set on defense. Els Van Woert 
’05 made 10 saves on her way to her 
fourth shut-out of the season. 

Although both teams had some 
great scoring chances neither side 
could break the deadlock. After two 
periods of extra time the game was 
settled in a 0-0 tie. While Middle¬ 
bury turned in a relatively solid 
performance, they never quite hit 
top form in this encounter, and a 
share of the spoils seemed fair for 
both teams. 

Next was a trip to Green 
Mountain, a team that has not been 
able to stay with the Panthers in the 
past. Mayo Fujii ’05 displayed great 
leadership with two well taken goals 
and Brittany Cronin '05 again got 
her name on the score sheet, some¬ 

thing Middlebury fans have come to 
expect from the talented senior. Van 
Woert had little action in the Pan¬ 
thers goal and notched yet another 
shut out in a disciplined 3-0 win by 
the Middlebury women. 

The trip to Williams seemed 
to pose a much bigger challenge for 
the Panthers with Williams off to a 
good start to their season. The Pan¬ 
thers came out with a clear inten¬ 
tion to take it to the Ephs early and 
a string of flowing moves should 
have produced the first goal inside 
the first 10 minutes. 

However, the Ephs stood strong 
and survived the opening onslaught. 
As the game progressed the Ephs 

became more and more involved 
and it took a fantastic performance 
from senior tri-captain Els Van 
Woert to keep them scoreless. Van 
Woert made a series of terrific saves 
to keep the opponents at bay, and 
finished the day with 10 saves. Ad- 
ditionaly she kept her composure 
and inspired the defenders in front 
of her. 

As time wound down it looked 
like the Panthers would have to 
settle for a third tie of the season, 
but up stepped Caitlin Parker ’08. 
The first-year picked the perfect 
time to score her first career goal 
for the Panthers as she latched on to 
a great ball from the hard-working 

Erin Oliver ’07 to earn an invaluable 
1-0 road victory against one of their 
toughest rivals. 

Van Woert was named NES¬ 
CAC player of the week following 
her third consecutive shut-out and 
her great performances of late are a 
testament to how inspirational the 
senior tri-captains have been. With 
Fujii commanding in midfield, 
Cronin in prolific scoring form up 
front and Van Woert pulling out all 
the stops in goal the Panthers look 
set to continue their recent run of 
good form. 

Next up for the girls is a trip to 
Colby-Sawyer followed by a home 
game against Bates. 



Continued from page 28 

again, assisting on the game’s first 
and last goals as well as netting 
a goal of his own in the opening 
minute of the second half. LaRocca 
scored his second goal of the sea¬ 
son on an unassisted goal before 
the break and JB Gerber '05 added 
his fourth of the year on the after¬ 
noon. Simon Perkins ’05 rounded 
out the scoring with the match’s 
final tally in the 51st minute. 

To round out the week the 
men’s team headed to William- 
stown, Mass, to take on the Ephs in 
a highly contested game. Middle¬ 
bury got ahead of Williams in the 
44th minute when junior defender 
Gabe Wood’s cross off a corner 
kick found the foot of LaRocca to 
make the game 1-0. 

The back four of Wood, Nick 
Colacchio ’05, Derek Cece ’06 and 
Billy Brennan ’06 played tirelessly, 
only breaking down once in the 
afternoon — but that was all Wil¬ 
liams would need to tie the game 
at one goal apiece. A ball sent over 
the top for a Williams forward got 
past two Middlebury defenders, 
forcing Craig Hirsch ’05 to come 
out of his net. The Ephs put a good 
shot on net and scored the game’s 
final goal. 

Now at 4-1-2 in the confer¬ 
ence, Middlebury has pulled back 
into third place — tied with Bow- 
doin but still behind Williams and 
Amherst. The Panthers will face the 
sixth and seventh place teams in 
Bates and Trinity over the next two 
weeks in NESCAC play, looking to 
hopefully earn a top seed in the 
league playoffs. 

Football resilient despite disappointments 

Team loses to Williams and Amherst by a combined total of four points 

By Blake Saville_ 

Staff Writer 

It has been a tough last few 
weeks for the Middlebury football 
team. On Oct. 9, the Panthers lost 
to Amherst 34-26 in a game that 
was in strong contention until 
the final play. This past Saturday, 
Middlebury also fell to Williams 
17-16 due to a botched extra point 
in the fourth quarter. The Panthers 
are now 1-3. 

The game against Amherst pro¬ 
vided lots of offense, exciting plays 
on defense, great individual efforts, 
a vigorous Panther comeback and 
an exciting finish. It was everything 
that a spectator and a team could 
possibly want out of a homecoming 
game, with one glaring exception 
— the Panthers lost. 

With Middlebury trailing 21- 
10 late in the third quarter, the of¬ 
fense led the Panthers in a furious 
comeback. Senior quarterback Mike 
Keenan, who was off for most of the 
game, played very well in the fourth 
quarter. Senior wide receiver Tom 
Cleaver caught a pass on fourth and 
long to keep a critical drive going. 

“I just found a hole in the 
middle of the defense and Mike 
[Keenan] squeezed it in.” Later in 
the same drive Keenan found Cleav¬ 

er again, this time on third and long 
for the go ahead score. The confi¬ 
dence Cleaver had in his teammates 
on this drive is really telling: “I knew 
it was six when we lined up. I ran 
a go route, the safety bit on a head 
fake, and Mike threw another great 
ball,” said Cleaver of the play. 

In the fourth quarter the Pan¬ 
thers made the improbable look 
routine and found themselves up 
24-21 with about five minutes re¬ 
maining. But the defense, which 
kept Amherst in check throughout 
most of the second half, faltered and 
gave up the winning touchdown 
with three minutes left. All in all 
Amherst finished with 386 yards on 
the ground. 

The Williams game was also 
a struggle. It was back and forth 
for most of the game, with neither 
team getting more than a seven- 
point lead. With the game tied at 
ten, Williams’ senior running back 
Timothy Crawley scored his second 
touchdown of the game to give the 
Ephs a 17-10 lead early in the fourth 

Middlebury failed on a fourth 
and goal situation on its next pos¬ 
session, which pinned Williams on 
its own eight-yard line. Following a 
three and out drive, the Panthers got 
the ball back in great field position. 

Seven plays later, Keenan found 
wide receiver Tim Sheridan ’06 with 
an eight-yard touchdown pass to 
cut the lead to 17-16. The blocked 
extra-point left the Panthers down 
one point with 7:52 left to play. 

Middlebury had one last drive 
deep in its own territory with 1:08 
left, but Keenan was intercepted on 
the first play from scrimmage, seal¬ 
ing the game for the Ephs. 

Despite the losses, Head Coach 
Bob Ritter tried to look on the 
bright side of these tough games. 
“We managed to make some big 
plays when we needed to. There 
was always someone there to make a 
play so the game would not get out 
of hand. We just need to make a few 
more,” he said. 

Even though both games ended 
in a loss, the Panthers showed a lot 
of resiliency hanging tough with 
the two talented teams from Mas¬ 

The defense made a lot of plays 
in both games, giving up big chunks 
of yardage but limiting the damage 
on the scoreboard. And the offense, 
although inconsistent, managed to 
make some big plays to keep the 
team in it. Their next opportunity 
will be against Bates this Saturday at 
Alumni stadium. 

Albert Bitici 

Jamie Staples ’07 stiff-arms an Amherst tackier during an exciting Home¬ 
coming game. 

26 sports 




I promised myself I would not 
write about the Yankees or the Red 
Sox, because frankly, I think it is one 
of the most over-publicized rivalries 
in sports — so much so that the real 
rift that exists between the teams 
and their fans has been diminished 
because talk about the archrivals has 
become repetitive and boring. But 
here I am, on the eve of game six in 
the 2004 ALCS, finding myself with 
nothing to write about other than 
these two teams, because at this mo¬ 
ment in time the entire sports media 
market is being dominated by the 
allure of the Yanks vs. the Sox. 

The usual jabs that each teams’ 
fans throw at each other this time of 
year tend to revolve around money 
and choking — the Yankees being 
guilty of “buying” their champion¬ 
ships and the Sox being prone to 
coming up short in their quest to 
win their first World Series since 
1918.1 find, however, within these 
exchanges a couple of ridiculous and 
absurd ideas. 

Every time I hear a kid with 
a Red Sox hat on lampoon some 
poor girl from New York — who 
just wants to watch her Yankees play 
— about how Steinbrenner buys 
championships, I tend to get physi¬ 
cally annoyed. My anxiety mainly 
stems from the hypocrisy and 
insecurity that these statements are 
laced with. 

In my mind any Sox fan who 
wants to take away from New 
York’s success by attributing it 
solely to the Yankees’ buying power 
is self-conscious of Boston’s own 
pay-roll, which has only consis¬ 
tently produced seasons of hope that 
ultimately end in despair despite 
frequently being a top five-spender 
in the majors. 

And the seasons that do fall 
short should never, ever be at¬ 
tributed to the outrageous notion 
of a “Curse of the Bambino.” The 
curse talk is laughable. Eighty-six 
years without a championship has 
absolutely nothing to do with a deal 
that occurred 86 years ago. Bad luck? 
Sure. Poor play? Definitely. A higher 
power afflicting the Red Sox with 
failure for dealing Babe Ruth? The 
stupidest thing I’ve heard since the 
last time I had to listen George Bush 
give a speech. 

Yet within the Yankee fans’ 
gloating on their 26 World Series 
lies the enormous fear that the Red 
Sox will finally get it done in our 
lifetime. After all the generations of 
Yankee fans who never had to listen 
to a Red Sox supporter actually 
be happy, the present Yankee fans 
seem to be scared out of their mind 
that they will be the ones who have 
to witness the inconceivable — a 
Sox fan with the same obnoxious 
smirk that they’ve been able to 
sport almost annually during the 

So maybe you are wondering 
if I’m a Sox or a Yankees fan? Well, 
I’m a Braves guy myself, and since I 
share some of the same disappoint¬ 
ment that the Red Sox followers 
endure, I kind of want them to 
get their due, mainly so this whole 
rivalry can actually be what it’s billed 
up to be — a rivalry. 


Midd athletics debate sport status 

Club sports athletes and coaches fight for recognition 

By Katie Flagg 
Sports Editor 

For many athletes at Middle- 
bury, “Club Midd” isn’t simply a 
witty slogan — it’s a way of life. 
Club sports athletes — including 
ruggers, rowers and countless other 
sportsmen and women — all pro¬ 
fess a profound love of their sport. 
But differences between club and 
varsity sports abound on campus, 
and for some athletes, “Club Midd” 
isn’t as idyllic as one might think. 

“[The term] ‘club’ means dif¬ 
ferent things at different schools, 
and to different people,” said Alex 
Machi, head coach of the Middle- 
bury crew club. Even at Middle- 
bury, “each club sport here ... is 

“To be honest, the differences 
between ‘club’ and ‘varsity’ teams 
is, for the most part, determined by 
the team members, not the designa¬ 
tion the College assigns their sport,” 
Machi explained. 

That said, all club sports fall 
under the jurisdiction of the Center 
for Campus Activities and Leader¬ 
ship (CCAL) and the Athletics De¬ 
partment, and all are funded in part 
by the Student Government Asso¬ 
ciation (SGA). These clubs consist 
of a diverse array- of programs, 
ranging from Level I club sports 
like crew, water polo and rugby to 
Level III sports such as table tennis, 
triathlon and cheerleading. 

“The different levels of club 
sports refer a combination of fac¬ 
tors including the length of time 
the sport has been at the College 
and the level of support — financial 
and staffing — the club receives 
from the College’s Athletics Depart¬ 
ment,” said Doug Adams, Director 
of CCAL. 

This funding deficit is but one 
of many factors that club coaches 
and athletes cite when expressing 
frustration with their club sport 
status. Many dedicated club athletes 
attest that they work just as hard as 
varsity teams, but receive little or no 

“The main differences [be¬ 
tween club and varsity sports] 
from the perspective of a student- 
athlete are the recognition, respect 
and expectations associated with 
a varsity team as compared to a 
club team,” said Sara Hayes ’05 of 
the crew club. “We practice just as 
hard, if not harder than, many of 
the varsity teams, compete in just as 

many competitions and hold our¬ 
selves to high standards, both on 
the water and in terms of academ¬ 
ics,” said Hayes. “I feel as though all 
of our dedication and effort is not 
rewarded or recognized, however, 
because we are a ‘club team’ that no 
one really knows much about.” 

Erin Romig ’06, captain of the 
co-ed competitive cheerleading 
team, shared Hayes’s frustration 
with the “club” label, but for dif¬ 
ferent reasons. “Being a club sport 
is a lot harder [than being a varsity 
sport],” said Romig. “Midd Cheer is 
a Level III club sport. We get fund¬ 
ing from the activities committee 
but not from the athletic commit¬ 

“If we were a varsity sport,” she 
continued, “we could spend more 
time practicing instead of fundrais¬ 

For club sports vying for var¬ 
sity status, though, the battle ahead 
may be long and difficult. Accord¬ 
ing to Machi, obstacles to obtaining 
varsity status include convincing 
the administration of benefits to the 
school, handling political issues that 
may accompany the announcement 
of another varsity sport on campus 
and battling the ever-difficult status 

“It would be one thing if there 
were no rowing here and we wanted 
to institute a program, but we’ve 
been ‘getting along’ as a ‘club’ team 
for a while now,” said Machi, which 
increases the difficulty of obtaining 
varsity status. 

Machi also raised interesting 
questions regarding prospective 
students and club sports. “As a 
coach who routinely has contact 
with more than 300 prospective stu¬ 
dents each year with an interest in 
pursuing the sport while in college, 
most of whom already have consid¬ 
erable rowing experience, I believe 
we routinely lose academically 
strong student-athletes to Dart¬ 
mouth, Princeton and Williams 
— to name a few — because of the 
status of our program rather than 
any deficiencies in Middleburv’s 
academic offerings,” he said. 

“[The status of the program at 
Middlebury] influences the deci¬ 
sions they make regarding applying 
to and matriculating at similarly 
selective colleges and universities,” 
said Machi. 

But the club-to-varsity debate 
is delicate, as Athletic Director Russ 
Reilly will explain. “This is a com¬ 
plicated issue,” he said. “It may seem 

Robert Mohr 

The notorious Ultimate Frisbee club jumps and jives during an afternoon 

simple on the surface, but it’s much 
more complicated than some would 
have you believe.” 

According to Reilly, it would be 
difficult to justify adding “any other 
varsity sport, considering the cur¬ 
rent economic climate.” The funds 
required to support new varsity 
sports would be impressive, consid¬ 
ering human and physical resourc¬ 
es, and the College has fewer dollars 
to put into expanding athletics 
because of current demands. “A lot 
of things have to be in place [for a 
team to go varsity],” Reilly said. 

“Because of resource limita¬ 
tions, the word ‘no’ has to be used 
more than students would like,” 
said Reilly. 

Regardless of the controversy 
concerning club and varsity status, 
club sports remain a vital part of 
the Middlebury community. “Club 
sports play an important role in stu¬ 
dent life,” said Adams. “These sports 
are most often self-coached or self- 
governed making them wonderful 
avenues for student leadership and 
for general recreation.” 

For the athletes at Middlebury 
competing and training in club 

sports programs, the experience is 
both challenging and rewarding. 
But many feel that recognition for 
these athletic endeavors here at 
Club Midd is lacking. 

“The word ‘varsity’ immediate¬ 
ly brings to mind a set of standards 
and expectations. As an athlete on 
the crew team I can tell you that we 
hold ourselves to this same set of 
standards and expectations,” said 
Hayes. “The problem is that others 
in the Middlebury College com¬ 
munity do not know this or refuse 
to recognize it for one reason or 
another. We need to change these 
perceptions, increase awareness 
and prove that we are as good and 
worthwhile as [varsity athletes]. 

“We deserve just as much 
respect, recognition and praise as 
any other athletic program at this 
Jiool, ■ Hay * * oondud « 4 ■ 

Julia Randall 

Club Sports 
at Middlebury 


Men’s and Women’s 
Water Polo 
Men’s Squash 


Men’s and Women’s 
Ultimate Frisbee 
Kick Boxing 


Table Tennis 
Men’s Volleyball 

The Middlebury cheerleading club performs during the half time of a recent rugby match. 




Women outpace top teams 

By Christopher Dowd 
Staff Writer 

Lining up with New England’s 
finest, the Middlebury women’s 
cross country team rarf strong for 
impressive finishes these past two 
weeks. In the New England Champi¬ 
onships at Franklin Park on Oct. 8, 
the team ran side by side with larger 
universities such as the University 
of Massachusetts and Dartmouth 
University to finish sixth out of 45 
teams. This past weekend, running 
against the likes of scholarship goli¬ 
aths Syracuse and the University of 
Albany, the girls blazed into a third 
place finish. 

Seniors Jess Manzer and Marisa 
Cawley have led the way for the 
Panthers — both finished in the top 
30 of over 300 runners at the New 
England Championships. Cawley 
finished 27th (18:41) and Manzer 
topped all D-III runners for an 
unprecedented third place finish 
(17:46). Sparked by this impressive 
senior leadership, sophomores Andi 
Giddings (19:03) and Stephanie Nu¬ 
gent (19:19) finished 51st and 73rd 
respectively. Junior Kelsey Rinehart 
(19:29) capped the Middlebury top 
five in 85th. 

Overall, the team ran extremely 
well to finish so high among such 
powerhouses, but Manzer’s perfor¬ 
mance was most notable. The senior 
captain stepped up against supreme 
competition and marked herself as 
one of the best runners in the coun¬ 
try, regardless of division. 

Coach Terry Aldrich noted, 
“Jess beat out Lindsay Donaldson 
from Yale at Franklin Park, and 
Donaldson finished 20th in the 
NCAA D-I national championship. 
That makes her comparable to the 
nation’s top 20 runners.” Not a bad 
comparison for an athlete from a 
small D-III college who has been 
fighting nagging injuries all season. 

Yet regardless of extraordinary 
individual or team accomplish¬ 
ments, the Panthers had less than 
a week to prepare for yet another 
meet against stiff competition. 
With Manzer out due to injury, Gid¬ 

dings and Cawley led the Panthers 
into the Albany Invitational against 
more Division 1 powers. The wom¬ 
en took third place out of 21 teams 
and finished with three runners in 
the top 20. Giddings (18:14) led 
the team with an eighth place fin¬ 
ish, followed by Cawley (18:20) in 
11th, and Rinehart (18:47) at 20th. 
Nugent (18:51) and junior Julia 
McKinnon (19:04) rounded out 
Middlebury’s top five with 25th and 
35th finishes, respectively. 

Coach Aldrich described the 
two events as “very satisfying” 
considering his team faced fierce 
opposition and rose to the occasion. 
He noted that the group proved 
it could run with the best in New 
England and that in Albany they 
displayed a deep core of runners in 
finishing third despite key injuries. 

Looking ahead, the women 
have finally earned a weekend off 
before heading into the all-im¬ 
portant NESCAC Championships. 
Training has tapered into shorter 
runs and speed work, and the team 
looks to overcome a very strong 
Williams team that beat them ear¬ 
lier this year. There is no doubt 
that both Coach Aldrich and his 
crew of runners feel the result will 
be different this time around at the 
championship. After months of 
vigorous training and the recent 
competition, Williams could find 
itself running against a very differ¬ 
ent Middlebury squad. 

McKinnon aptly described the 
team when she said, “We have an 
amazing group of leaders, and after 
all our practice and competition 
we’re looking to do really well.” 

Women cross country runners will be training over the next two weeks 
for the upcoming NESCAC Championships. 

Men XC preps for NESCACs 

By Stacey Wong 
Staff Writer 

The Panthers showed in their 
final two tune-ups before the cham¬ 
pionships that they can run with 
anyone, regardless of division. The 
men’s cross country team turned 
in two solid performances in two 
consecutive weeks running against 
teams from NCAA Divisions I, II 
and III. 

Running against fierce competi¬ 
tion at the New England Champion¬ 
ship meet, the men finished 22nd out 
of 48 teams. Junior Garrott Kuzzy 
’06 led the team with a time of 25: 
54, good for 55th place overall. First- 
year James Butcher was the second 
Panther and 87th overall finisher. He 
was followed by Nick Digani ’05, No¬ 
lan Sandygren ’06 and Matt Horesta 
’06. The race also marked the return 
of senior co-captain Jonathan Erwin 
’05. Providence won the meet in 
dominant fashion with a total team 
score of 25. They swept the top three 
spots, placed four of their top five 
runners in the top 10 and outscored 
second place Boston College by 134 

“At New Englands we were a bit 
tired from high mileage and a hard 

week of training. That showed in our 
times, which, across the board were 
slow. Still, we posted a decent finish 
against some strong D-I programs, 
so we have to be satisfied,” com¬ 
mented Chris Pellicia ’07. 

This past weekend Middlebury 
finished 11th out of 29 schools at 
the Albany Invitational. Kuzzy was 
first again for the Panthers in 36th 
place. Butcher in 45th place, Digani 
in 59th, Will McDonough ’07 in 
87th and Horesta in 100th made up 
the rest of the scoring team. 

Syracuse won the meet with 60 
points overall. Eight of the teams 
that finished ahead of Middlebury 
compete at the D-I level. Includ¬ 
ing his 36th place finish Kuzzy led 
tiie Panthers in all five meets this 

Pelliccia said, “At the Albany in¬ 
vite, we had an easier week of train¬ 
ing behind us so we felt stronger 
entering the meet. Additionally, we 
tried a new strategy, which seemed 
to pay off and generally people were 
very happy with their races.” 

Up next for the men is the NE¬ 
SCAC Championships on Saturday, 
Oct. 30. The meet will be hosted 
by Colby College and should be 

hotly contested. The early favorite to 
claim the championship is defend¬ 
ing champion Tufts, who will enter 
ranked fifth nationally in Division 
III. Bates and Williams, ranked 12th 
and 13th respectively, should also 
challenge for the title. 

Middlebury ran against tough 
competition this season and should 
be in contention at the NESCAC 
Championships. At the Williams 
Invitational the team finished a close 
second to host Williams. Only eight 
points separated the Panthers from 
first. And at the Albany Invitational 
where, Middlebury placed 11th. 
Twenty-first ranked St. Lawrence 
University was only one place ahead 
of them in the final standings. 

“NESCACs is always a very 
important meet for us,” said Pellicia. 
“We’ve been disappointed in our 
NESCAC performances in the past, 
but this year we feel we have the right 
combination of depth and talent to 
improve to an upper half finish. 
We’ve raced these teams throughout 
the season, and consistently finished 
righf in the thick of the pack. Now 
we are anxious to break out and re¬ 
ally show the other NESCAC schools 
how quick we are.” 



Women’s tennis takes title 

The undefeated Middlebury women’s tennis team finished up its season 
by winning the New England Intercollegiate Women’s Tennis Tournament 
(NEWITT), which was hosted at Amherst College over Middlebury’s fall 
break. On their way towards capturing the team title, the Panthers won two 
singles and one doubles match. 

Leading up to the tournament, the Panthers have gained confidence 
and strength during their regular season matches. On Oct. 5, the Panthers 
trounced Williams 8-1. 

The Panthers traveled to Maine the following weekend to play Colby 
and Bates. Middlebury came out and defeated Colby in a close match on 
Saturday with a score of 6-3. The Panther women struggled in their doubles 
matches and were down 1-2 before moving on to singles. 

Going into Bates, the Panthers knew that if they defeated Bates, they 
would remain undefeated for the season. Their attitude was certainly evi¬ 
dent in the 9-0 victory over Bates, which wrapped up the Panthers’ unde¬ 
feated season. 

The Panthers had shown the rest of NESCAC how good they were 
throughout the season and wanted to prove once again that they had 
worked hard and earned their undefeated season. T hey were successful as 
they won the NEWITT title with both Amy Roche ’07 and Amanda Berck 
’08 winning their respective singles brackets. In doubles action, Holick and 
Julie Weinberger ’08 won the number three flight in a close match. This 
match was the deciding factor and gave the Panthers the title. 

Men’s tennis wraps up season 

The Middlebury men’s tennis team wrapped up its fall season in the 
style typical of this year, turning in great individual performances and suc¬ 
cess on the team level. On Oct. 16, three Panthers competed in the Intercol¬ 
legiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College Championships in Fort My¬ 
ers, FL, with junior standout Brian Waldron reaching the finals of the singles 
bracket. A week earlier and quite a ways north, several Middlebury men 
competed in the Wallach Invitational at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, 
with first-year Fil Marinkovic making it all the way to the final match of the 
4 B’ singles bracket before falling. The duo of Jeff Oldenburg ’06 and Alex 
Meditz ’05 reached the finals in the doubles bracket before bowing out. 

Waldron, who qualified for the Championships with his singles vic¬ 
tory at the ITA Regionals, lost a third set tie-breaker (6-3, 2-6, 7-6) to Kevin 
Casey of UC-Santa Cruz in the final round on Saturday. Fellow Panthers 
Kevin Bergesen ’07 and George Mayer ’07, who made it to Fort Myers with 
their doubles victory Oct. 3, fell in a close match in the opening round of 
the doubles bracket, 6-4, 6-3 to Bryce Parmelly and Matt Seeberger — also, 
incidentally, of UC-Santa Cruz. 

At Bates, Marinkovic won four matches to advance to the final round 
before falling to top ranked Garrett Gates of Bowdoin, 7-6,6-1. Oldenburg 
and Meditz, meanwhile, fell to Sean McCooey and Geoff Loh of Tufts in the 
‘A’ doubles final, 8-4. Matt Rales ’06 and Salih Unsal ’08 each reached the 
quarterfinals of their respective singles bracket before falling, rounding out 
another successful tournament for the Panthers. 

With the fall schedule completed, the team looks forward to the spring 
and to the defense of their national title from last year. 

Men ruggers defeat Bryant 

The Middlebury men’s rugby club faced the Bryant University 
ruggers last weekend in a heated game. Both teams were undefeated moving 
into this, the final game of the regular season. The team struggled a little 
in the beginning. At the end of the first half, the Panthers were down 8-5 
against Bryant. However, in the second half the team began to chip away 
at Bryant’s lead. The team walked out with a win in the end, bringing their 
season record to 5-0. 

The game at Bryant followed an October 9 match at St. Michael’s 
College in Burlington. The team took a quick lead, scoring in the first five 
minutes of play. The St. Michael’s ruggers kept up for the first half of the 
game, catching up to the Panthers lead by the end of the first half. 

The Middlebury team, however, exploded in the second half of the 
game. Impressive trys from Pascal Losambe ’07, Craig Wilson ’07, Matt Volz 
’07, Rob Hiensch ’05 and Jimmy Manyuru ’07 helped the Panthers take the 
game with a stellar 55-20 score, continuing the team’s winning streak. 

Next, the team will play in the New England Quarter Finals at home 
on Oct. 23. 

Julia Randall 




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Albert Bitici 

First-year Stephanie Smith battles for the ball during a 4-0 victory over Amherst on Oct. 9. The Panthers are 
looking to continue their undefeated season as they head into the NESCAC and NCAA tournaments. 

Field hockey 
flourishes in OT 

By Zamir Ahmed 
Staff Writer 

The Middlebury women’s field 
hockey team clinched the NESCAC 
regular season title with a tough 4-3 
overtime win against Williams Col¬ 
lege on Saturday. The win improved 
the Panthers’ record to 10-0 and 
assured them of the top seed in the 
NESCAC tournament. 

Ashley Lyddane ’06 started the 
scoring just over a minute into the 
game, tipping home a shot by Janie 
Mackey ’06 from the top of the 
circle. Middlebury managed to keep 
the pressure on the Ephs’ defense 
and keeper early in the game. 

After the Ephs took the lead off 
two goals by senior Crista Petrelli, 
Mackey scored on a penalty shot to 
level the score at two with 25 min¬ 
utes left in the game. It was a great 
day overall for Mackey, who was a 
driving force in the win. 

“She played the game of her 
life,” said captain Ashley Pullen ’05. 
“She brought the ball downfield a 
lot and Williams just couldn’t touch 

Williams regained the lead 
with a little over 10 minutes to go 
in the game when a long shot by 
Clare Whipple slipped past keeper 
Meghan McGillen ’07. The Panthers 
then evened the score with three 

minutes remaining when Lyddane 
swept a shot past an out-of-position 
Ephs keeper on a penalty corner. 

“The triangle worked really 
well to tie the game at 3-3,” said Pul¬ 
len. “We had worked in practice to 
improve our scoring chances on 
penalty corners. We managed to 
move the goalie around and give 
Lyddane an open goal.” 

The game ended eight minutes 
into the first sudden-death overtime 
period when first-year Reid Berrien 
took a long pass from the center 
of the field and drove home a shot 
between the goalie’s legs to secure a 
4-3 win for the Panthers. 

One of the keys to the victory 
for Middlebury was keeping the 
Ephs out of the Panthers’ circle. 
The Panthers, ranked fourth in the 
nation in the latest Division III poll, 
are not prepared to let the NESCAC 
title distract them from the chance 
of an undefeated season. 

With four regular season games 
left, the team in not thinking about 
taking any game easily. “I think ev¬ 
eryone has the same desire to play 
each game as our hardest one,” said 

The Panthers’ next game will 
be home on Saturday against Bates. 
The team will also play host to the 
semifinals and finals of the NES¬ 
CAC tournament Nov. 6 and 7. 

Men’s soccer triumphs over Lord Jeffs 3-2 

Come-from-behind thriller vaults Panthers to a third place tie in NESCAC 

By David Freedman 
Staff Writer 

Albert Bitici 

Sophomore John Sales, number 18 for the Panthers, makes an impressive header during the Oct. 9 home game against Amherst. The men’s 
soccer team will face St. Michael’s this afternoon and Bates on Saturday in two upcoming home games. 

With an stunning 3-2 comeback and 
overtime win against Amherst on the day of 
Middlebury soccer’s 50th anniversary, a 4-0 
blanking of Norwich four days later and a 
l-l draw against rival Williams, the Middle¬ 
bury men’s soccer team climbed right back in 
to the thick of the NESCAC race. One week 
has made all the difference for this team, who 
previously had a down weekend in Maine 
that had dropped the Panthers from first in 
the league to fourth. 

Down 2-0 in the second half of the game 
on Oct. 9 to the first place and previously 
undefeated Lord Jeffs of Amherst — and in 
front of an enormous crowd spotted with the 
team’s alumni in honor of the College’s 50th 
year of men’s soccer — Middlebury put forth 
a colossal effort and got back huge results. 

In the 74th minute of the match the 
Panthers notched their first goal with se¬ 
nior tri-captain John Rusten’s penalty kick, 
his third conversion on a penalty kick this 
season. With one goal to catch up on, the 
team had new life. But the tying goal did 
not come until less than a minute was left in 

With Middlebury’s defense holding 
strong and giving the team its chances on of¬ 
fense, the Panthers were finally able to capi¬ 
talize on an opportunity when Kellan Florio 
’05 broke free on net and tucked the ball 
under the body of the Amherst keeper with 
a hard shot, igniting the crowd and sending 
the game into overtime. 

Nearly five minutes into the extra pe¬ 
riod, Rusten sent a ball into the 18 yard box 

that found first-year David LaRocca, who, 
while falling backwards towards the net, got 
just enough of the ball to knock a shot off the 
Amherst goalie’s fingers to seal Middlebury’s 

“I probably should have quit at the end 
of the Amherst match,” Head Coach Dave 
Saward said. “That was one of the most 

memorable days in my 20 years here. I was so 
proud of the team, they all showed immense 
character to never give up.” 

Fearing a let down against the lowly 
Cadets of Norwich after such an emotional 
match, Saward pushed his team to produce 
the following Thursday in a game that 
seemed difficult to get excited for. The Pan¬ 

thers did not disappoint, blanking Norwich 
4-0 and forcing the Cadet keeper to make 16 
saves, while reserve goalie David Lindholm 
’05 only had to make three en route to his 
second shut out on the year. 

Florio came up big for the Panthers 

See Soccer, page 25